Dr R Grime
Mrs D Caldwell
Mrs C Dunne
Mr J Highton
Mrs J Cresswell
Dr K Piggott
We aim to give pupils a thorough grounding in the distinctive concepts, principles and applications of chemistry while also conveying the excitement and fascination found within the chemical world.
We aim to make pupils aware that the applications of chemistry may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment. This informs our students to become confident citizens in an increasingly technological world and able to take an informed interest in matters relating to chemistry.
We view chemistry as an experimental science. We believe, therefore, in a rich diet of experimental and demonstration work designed to stimulate curiosity and in interest in methods of enquiry.
We are proud of the long-standing popularity and success of chemistry within the school and aim to maintain this tradition through the quality of the educational experience we provide.
Year 7: Pupils are taught science by one teacher, with a particular focus on the development of scientific method and skills. Specific chemistry units taught are: Particle theory 1, Solutions, Acids and Earth Science.
Year 8: Pupils are taught the three sciences separately from Y8 onwards. Units taught are: Elements, compounds & mixtures, Chemical Reactions 1 and Separating mixtures
Year 9: The KS3 course is concluded In the first term of Y9. Units taught are: Chemical Reactions 2 and Particle theory 2. From January of Y9, we start teaching GCSE.
All students start GCSE Chemistry in January of Y9, continuing until the end of Y11. A few students each year may take GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science rather than the three separate sciences.
Exam board/division of exam and course work: AQA.
Summer 2017 only:The course being examined for the last time in summer 2017 is assessed by 75% examination at the end of the course with 25% controlled assessment (ISAs).
Summer 2018 onwards:The course being examined from summer 2018 onwards is 100% assessed by examination.
Over half the sixth form study AS/A2 level chemistry and each teaching group is taught by two teachers.
Exam board: AQA
AS level: All students take AS examinations which consists of two papers.
A level: All students take three examinations. They are also assessed separately for the practical endorsement.
Sixth Form Induction: This is the work we ask students to complete over the summer before starting in September of the Lower Sixth. It is designed to ease the transition from GCSE to AS level.
The chemistry department won ten Good Schools Guide awards in the last 10 years. These awards were based on value added data.
A wide range of careers require an A level in chemistry, including careers in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, the chemical industry, forensics, food science, pharmacy, biology and chemical engineering. The chemical industry is vital to the UK’s economy and is a major employer in the UK, with people working in research chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, management, sales and marketing.