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2019-2020 Science success stories

There is always lots going on in the Science department and this academic year has been no exception! Our weekly Science club has seen many Year 7 and 8 pupils developing their fascination and understanding of the subject through various activities including flame tests, coin plating and bridge building.

As part of the BTEC Science Level 3 course students have visited the National Physics Laboratory as well as the University of West London to have a workshop on personal statement writing. Building on the successes of last year we have had a high number of BTEC Science students being offered places at universities such as Brunel, Cardiff, Reading and Portsmouth and for courses that include Radiography, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Optometry and Neuroscience.

We have had numerous Year 13 students taking part in the British Biology Olympiad and the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad. The aim of these competitions is to challenge and stimulate students with an interest in Biology and Chemistry to expand and extend their talents. Students worked very hard to prepare themselves and we were very pleased that students had successes in bronze, silver and gold awards in the two examinations. Sixth Form scientists also enjoyed a wide range of extra-curricular trips and visits. A particular highlight was the Year 12 residential trip to CERN where pupils were able to visit the vast Data Centre where collision results are analysed and the world's only Antimatter Factory is housed.

Science is a thriving subject at The Heathland School with more students than ever before choosing to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics or BTEC Science. We were able to celebrate a number of students beginning degrees in medicine and dentistry as well as engineering courses and we hope this will continue next year.