Welcome to the Science department's section of the Bishop Thomas Grant School website. The teachers of the Science department pride ourselves on delivering a first class education through inspiring lessons and careers support as well as enrichment outside of the classroom. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's education in Science.
Mr A Mckeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Acting Head of Science
The Science department comprises 13 teaching staff and 2 full time technicians. All staff teach integrated Science across KS3 and specialise in KS4 and KS5. Separate sciences are taught by specialists in the express groups in Year 7 and 8 and in the Triple Science/Separate Science courses at KS4.
Structure of the Science Department 2016-17
Miss A McKeon - Acting Head of Science and KS3 Science Co-ordinator (Biology)
Mrs J Fairhead - 2 i/c Science and Head of Biology
Mr M Todd - Teacher of Science (Biology) and Assistant Headteacher
Mr P Bennett - Teacher of Science (Biology) and Head of Year 11
Miss A Taylor - Teacher of Science (Biology)
Mr P Athans - Teacher of Science and Head of Physics
Mr B Downton - Teacher of Science (Physics) and Head of Year 8
Miss M Murray - Teacher of Science (Physics) and Pastoral Deputy Headteacher
Miss S Bhugalee - Teacher of Science and Head of Chemistry
Mr P Burke - Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
Miss A Hilliard - Teacher of Science (Chemistry and Biology)
Miss F Kelly - Teacher of Science (Chemistry) and whole school MAGT Co-ordinator
Miss H Evans - Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
Mrs L Burnard - Teacher of Science (Biochemistry and Psychology) and Sixth Form Academic Mentor
Mrs A Smith - Senior Science Technician
Mr J Thomas - Science Technician
Courses at each key stage
At KS3, students follow a condensed two-year course that fully prepares them for KS4. Students study a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics as well as learning the skills required to carry out science investigations safely and accurately: planning experiments; identifying variables; making informed predictions; designing results tables; working with apparatus and equipment safely and sensibly; drawing graphs; making conclusions based on scientific knowledge and experimental results; evaluating a method and suggesting improvements to a method.
In Year 11 (KS4), students study either AQA Triple Science or AQA Double Award Science (this is worth two GCSEs and individually they are called Core Science and Additional Science). Due to government directed changes to the National Curriculum the current Year 11 is the last cohort to study the legacy specifications.
In Year 9 and 10 (KS4) students now study the NEW 2016 AQA (9-1) Trilogy Combined Science (as per the Double Award Science this is worth two GCSEs) or the Separate Sciences (Triple) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Whether a student follows the Combined Science or Separate Science route depends on attainment at the end of Year 8.
For every course students at KS4 study a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics as well as developing the Working Scientifically skills required to carry out science investigations safely and accurately. Necessary mathematical skills are also developed through collaboration with the Mathematics department.
As long as the necessary minimum entry requirements are met, KS5 students may study AS and A2 Biology (Edexcel A board), AS and A2 Chemistry (OCR board) and AS and A2 Physics (Edexcel board). All KS5 science courses are very challenging and demand a high level of commitment, enthusiasm and a strong natural ability for science. Content is taught in a modern way, but crucially students enjoy and benefit from traditional laboratory work thanks to our well-equipped department and knowledgeable and experienced technical staff.
List of courses that lead to a GCSE qualification:
- AQA Science A (Legacy - the last year for these exams is Summer 2017)
- AQA Additional Science (Legacy - the last year for these exams is Summer 2017)
- AQA Biology (Legacy - the last year for these exams is Summer 2017)
- AQA Chemistry (Legacy - the last year for these exams is Summer 2017)
- AQA Physics (Legacy - the last year for these exams is Summer 2017)
- AQA (9-1) Trilogy Combined Science (worth two GCSE qualifications)
- AQA (9-1) Separate Sciences (Triple) Biology
- AQA (9-1) Separate Sciences (Triple) Chemistry
- AQA (9-1) Separate Sciences (Triple) Physics
List of courses that lead to an AS or A-Level qualification:
- Edexcel AS Level Biology
- Edexcel A-Level Biology
- OCR AS Level Chemistry
- Edexcel A-Level Chemistry
- Edexcel AS Level Physics
- Edexcel A-Level Physics
List of courses that lead to another qualification:
- The Food and Hygiene course run by Mrs Hilliard through the Sixth Form enrichment programme is a recognised professional qualification.