More Able, Gifted & Talented in Science
Our Science MAG&T students all demonstrate the key skills needed to be a successful future scientist. Scientists are known to be forward thinking, analytical and naturally curious individuals. Some students have been selected on the basis of their practical skills; being methodical, critical of their own work and most importantly reflective in their scientific practices. Other students are considered to be gifted in the subject because they are inquisitive by nature which shines through in our after school clubs.
In KS3, the most able students study separate sciences, with a specialist subject teacher for each science. In KS4, MAG&T students are usually placed in the Triple Science/Separate Science groups where they study for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students benefit greatly from having three science teachers who are each specialists in their field, enabling students to gain deeper understanding of the topics studied and explore beyond the limits of the GCSE curriculum. Many of these students continue to study sciences at A-Level and top universities.
Our MAG&T students have after school options that stretch their understanding and allow them to explore topics beyond the curriculum. As part of the school-wide Aspire programme, students can opt for the Dissection club, run by Miss Taylor, or the Bishop Thomas Grant School Medical Society, run by Head of Science Mr Todd. Many of our MAG&T students are active in Year 7 Science Club and Year 8 and Year 9 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Clubs, project-based learning clubs where students' knowledge and skills are extended beyond the curriculum. MAG&T students are also heavily involved in the school-wide Eco Committee, run by Chemistry Teacher Mr Burke, which raises awareness of climate change issues via student-led initiatives. Students applying for science subjects at Russell Group universities receive additional support from the department, including special sessions to prepare for university entrance tests and interviews.
MAG&T students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extracurricular trips, competitions, lectures and conferences. In the past year alone, students have taken part in the Salters Chemistry competition, Technopop Event, STEM competitions at Queen Mary University, Women in Engineering events at University College London, Christmas Lectures at King's College London and much more.