Faculty Overview

The Science and PE departments work in partnership to provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum. Our aim is to promote scientific literacy, foster good team working skills and encourage healthy lifestyles amongst all our students. We hope to demonstrate to students the progress that can be made in society when individuals in either discipline work together, building on the knowledge and experience of the past in pursuit of a common goal.

In addition, we aim to nurture the natural talent and enthusiasm of our students. We hope to maximise their potential and produce some of the best young athletes, coaches and scientists around.

Science Staff

Mr A Case

Teacher of Science and Head of Learning Support

Mrs D Corner

Teacher of Science

Mr J Fletcher

Teacher of Science and Head of Ennis House

Mr T Houghton

Director of Science and PE

Mr T McLardy

Teacher of Science and Assistant Headteacher Curriculum & Assessment

Mrs J McLardy

Lead Practitioner of Science

Physical Education Staff

Miss Portas

Teacher of PE

Miss Friend

 Teacher of PE

Mrs C Leathard

Head of Daley House and Teacher of PE

Mr I Roberts

Head of PE

Mr Dugdale Teacher of PE

Science Department Overview

The Science department consists of 7 teaching areas including a computer suite and a collaborative learning space, and 5 newly-refurbished laboratories. All rooms are equipped with interactive projectors and there is a set of tablet computers and laptops belonging to the department. There is a dedicated full-time technician as well as the school’s ICT support to ensure that teachers can deliver lessons that involve practical investigations and take advantage of the new technology on offer to enhance our students’ learning.

It is a genuine passion for science and a love of learning that motivates the teachers in the department to continually research and develop new teaching and learning strategies in order to maximise the progress made by our students.

Key Stage 3

How is the course structured?

Key Stage 3 is taught to Year 7 and Year 8 and students are in mixed ability groups. The Schemes of work have been developed by the Science department, incorporating topics and materials that tie in closely with the KS3 National Curriculum as well as what we consider to be prerequisite knowledge and skills for the next Key Stage. It is our intention that all students are well prepared to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

GCSE: Science (Combined or Separate). Exam Board: AQA

How is the course structured?

At the start of Year 9, all students begin study towards AQA'sTrilogy Combined Science Specification. This allows us the flexibility to personalise the learning of individual students in order that they make the best academic progress and achieve the best possible outcomes. At the end of Year 9 and Year 10, students will take internal exams for the units they have studied. Attainment in these exams, along with ongoing assessment through the academic year, will dictate which of the following courses they will take:

GCSEs in Separate Sciences

The students that have adapted well to GCSE science and attained highly in Year 9 and Year 10 will go on to study the extra material required for the award of three separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

GCSEs in Combined Science

Students will be given the opportunity to consolidate their learning from Year 9 and 10, in order that they are fully prepared for their six external exams at the end of Year 11. This route results in the award of a single qualification in Combined Science which is worth two GCSEs.

What can I do with a Science GCSE?

Successful completion of the Science GCSE courses will enable students to pursue a wide range of further study or employment. If a student achieves grades 9-5, they may choose the traditional A levels in Science or Science related post-16 courses. Alternatively students may progress to employment and training in the scientific, technical, medical or engineering industries.

Physical Education Department Overview

Physical Education covers all aspects of physical, mental, moral and social health.

It encompasses the subjects of PE and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education).

Our vision is to Inspire, Learn and Grow

The Department aims

  • to develop confidence, motivation and the desire to become physically and socially competent.
  • to understand and value others and take responsibility for maintaining a purposeful healthy life.
  • to create physically literate and healthy students.

Sports Fixtures and Results

For a full Fixture List and for results from weekly fixtures and players of the matches please go to Sports Results and Fixtures.

Years 7, 8 and 9

The KS3 curriculum is taught in mixed ability classes with a split of mixed and single gender grouping. Each pupil in Years 7 & 8 experiences three hours of Physical Education a week. In year 9, two hours of Physical Education and the option of a Year 9 Dance course, please see the Learning Plans and the PE Timetable for activities studied.

Years 10 and 11

In Year 10 and 11, students will follow the KS4 curriculum and a programme of study via GCSE Physical Education or Btec Sport level 2. Both programmes are designed to ensure pupils progress and develop a higher standard of performance, knowledge and understanding in specific areas from KS3. Aiming to develop the experience of a variety of activities to pursue post-16. Both Programmes of study will provide five hours of Physical Education over the 2 week timetable.


The Physical Education GCSE course is a popular option. The Edexcel Physical Education Syllabus (9-1 2016 Specification) is structured to ensure the gap between GCSE and A-Level is reduced. Promoting an in depth knowledge of how lifestyle choices, human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports psycholgy effect sports performance and active and healthy lifestyles.

As an overview the course is now split into;

  • 2 theoretical examinations - (60% combined)
  • Coursework - (10%)
  • Practical Performance (30%)