Science

All students at HRS study Science throughout Years 7-11. The curriculum in Key Stage 3 and 4 includes Investigative Skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside some Earth Sciences and Astronomy. In Years 7 & 8, all students follow the ‘Science Works’ course which is specifically written to cover the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study in two years. The course has an emphasis on investigative and practical skills and aims to engage students through a mix of experimentation, paired and group activities, regular feedback on students’ progress and electronic and printed resources to support learning.

In KS4 all students will follow the new ‘Combined Science’ course covering units in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics – these students will achieve a Double Science qualification at the end of Year 11. Our top achieving students will also complete the extra topics throughout the course to allow them to take ‘Triple’ Biology, Chemistry and Physics this will mean these students achieve a Triple Biology, Triple Chemistry and Triple Physics GCSE at the end of Year 11 instead of the Double Science qualification.

Our Key Stage 4 results have been consistent in recent years with at least 85% of students attaining at least one A*-C grade pass (or equivalent) in Science. As would be expected with our most able students results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE are strong with over half of students achieving A* or A year on year.

In the Sixth Form we offer AS and A2 course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also offer a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science (Forensic) for students suited to more coursework based studies. We always get good numbers for the A levels and students are successful often going on to study Science, Medicine or Engineering based University course.

Staff Names Staff  Titles
Ms H Greaves-Park Joint Head of Science/Head of Chemistry
Mr P Mathison Joint Head of Science/Head of Biology
Mr B Routledge Physics
Mrs S Fortenbacher Science/BTEC/KS4 Coordinator (maternity leave)
Ms V McCartney Science
Mr S McLauchlan Science / Student Welfare Team Manager / Senior Leader
Miss H Mitchell Science
Miss K Pettit Science
Mr G Potter Science
Mi P Venner Science
Mr G Ash Science
Mr A Heinrich Science

 

Science