Head of Department - Mrs L C Swift, MChem.
The Science Department continues to benefit from the school’s Mathematics & Science Specialism and we have now have 15 modern and well equipped laboratories.
Eight laboratories are situated on the top floor of the main building, including one with a suite of computers. Five laboratories are located on the ground floor of the Geoffrey Samuel Building and one of these contains a suite of ten computers. An additional multipurpose state of the art laboratory in the Jack Watts Building was opened in October 2007 and a further laboratory has been established on the ground floor of the main building. The department also has three trolleys of mobile wireless laptops with data-logging facilities. This equipment places the Science Department at the cutting edge of Science information technology.
At Key Stage 3, pupils are given a solid foundation in the Science National Curriculum which is developed further at GCSE when alternative courses are available, including Separate Sciences and BTEC Applied Science. Many pupils take Biology, Chemistry, Physics at 'A' Level. We are extremely proud of our record of achievement at 'A' Level which has resulted in a number of pupils each year continuing their studies at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Popular university courses include Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Engineering. We also offer a Level 3 BTEC, which is a vocational course also offering a route to study Science at university.
We have a huge range of extra-curricular opportunities such as science clubs, STEM week, trips to CERN in Switzerland as well as science festivals and museums in the UK. We have also set 3 world records in the last 3 years and believe above all else that science should be exciting.