Science is the largest department in the Academy, there are 18 well qualified teachers supported by three equally knowledgeable technicians.
There are 13 well equipped laboratories. Most laboratories have active boards and the Department has a class set of laptops and electronic tablets.
The Department has an ‘eco garden’ with a recently installed pond that is developing into an excellent learning facility, especially during the spring and summer months.
Key Stage 3
Students complete Key Stage 3 in two years, following a scheme written by the department for Years 7 and 8 in reference to the National Curriculum. Students develop a broad base of science knowledge, understanding and skill. Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability sets. Year 8 students are separated into two half year groups and are set based on ability.
Key Stage 4 (including Year 9)
At Key Stage 4, students complete AQA GCSEs. These are completed on one of two routes - the Combined Science (trilogy) Award where students attain two GCSEs in Science; or the separate sciences route in which students attain three GCSEs, one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Key Stage 5
AQA A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered and they are popular options with our students. There is also a Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science that is offered for those students who wish to take a more vocational route post-16.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) our science club runs weekly and is attended regularly by a number of enthusiastic students. This year the students have been working on projects for the National Science and Engineering week Science Fair that we are holding. Students have enjoyed designing and building a range of products and developing their investigative and critical thinking skills.
For Key Stage 4 we have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group. Previously the STEM group has participated in a LEGO Mindstorms (robotics) workshop at Bradford Science Festival and The Oxford University ‘Chilli Challenge.’ We have had a guest speakers on a range of topics from Geophysics to medical engineering as well as presentations on university applications and interviews.