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The Science department is one of the largest in the Academy and is made up of ten full time and two part-time teachers.

In addition, we have a specialist science HLTA and excellent support from three full time and two part time technicians. We are fortunate to have twelve well-equipped laboratories serviced from a central prep room. Each of the laboratories is fitted with an interactive whiteboard and one of the laboratories also has a suite of computers.

Curriculum

In KS3 and 4, pupils are taught in ability sets within two half-year populations, called Huish and Episcopi.

KS3 - 6 hours per fortnight

Pupils are taught general science in Year's 7 and 8. From Year 9 onwards, pupils are mostly taught under the separate science headings of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The department have adopted the Collins scheme of work in response to the new National Curriculum.

KS4 – 9 hours per fortnight

Pupils start the Edexcel GCSE courses early in the spring term of Year 9. The majority of pupils follow the Science + Additional Science route, with the top two sets following the Separate (Triple) Science route.

  • Core science specification
  • Additional science specification
  • Triple science specifications:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

KS5 – 9 hours per fortnight
  • A Level Biology - Edexcel SNAB course
  • A Level Chemistry - OCR B Salter's course
  • Physics - OCR Physics A course

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