Science Department

We are a large and committed team who work closely together on the development and improvement of all aspects of our work. We aim to enthuse and inspire our students in Science and are constantly working to help them achieve in the subject.

There are 9 Science teachers and a technician. Our accommodation is impressive. We have 14 labs, 3 prep rooms (one with chemical store) and a large staff work area housed in a purpose built block which was completed in spring 2005.

Students are broadly set by ability throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

In years 7 and 8 all students follow our own in house Scheme of Work.  At the end of each unit they complete assessments in the form of tests or extended writing tasks, and these are used to monitor progress. They will cover all 3 Sciences throughout the 2 years and this will also incorporate the key skills they will need to access the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

We follow the AQA GCSE combined Science: Trilogy specification. This course covers all 3 Sciences and prepares students with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to move into KS5 Science courses. It is examined with 6 1 hour 15 minute exams at the end of year 11. (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics)

We have a large and thriving Key Stage 5 curriculum in Science with uptake typically being 10% above the national average. Results are good, with those in A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Level 3 BTEC Science all in the top 40% or higher and often in the top 25% nationally.

We are proud of the enrichment opportunities we are able to offer in Science including speakers, trips, and the chance to get involved in extra curricular activities. This is in addition to a range of personalised revision sessions offered at key points throughout the year to support and extend our KS5 students.

Science Department Courses

KEY STAGE 3KEY STAGE 4KEY STAGE 5
KS3 ScienceGCSE Combined Science TrilogyA Level Biology
GCSE Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)A Level Chemistry
A Level Physics
BTEC Applied Science

To find out more about courses run in our Science Department please contact: nortonc@bostonspa.leeds.sch.uk