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 Houghton Trust Director of Science
Mr McVey Assistant Director of Science
Mrs McLardy Teacher of Science and Assistant Headteacher - Teaching and Learning

Mr Case

Teacher of Science and Head of Learning Support

Mr Fletcher Teacher of Science and Ennis House Progress Lead

Mrs Corner

Teacher of Science

Miss Allcock Teacher of Science
Mr Powell Teacher of Science

Physical Education Staff

Mr Lucas Trust Director of Physical Education

Mrs Leathard

Daley House Progress Lead and Teacher of Physical Education

Miss Portas

Teacher of Physical Education
Mr Dugdale Teacher of Physical Education

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?

Our Science curriculum progressively builds on key scientific knowledge and focuses on making the links between all three scientific disciplines.

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

Our Year 11 curriculum continually evolves and develops responding to the needs of our students. Students will develop and expand their knowledge of key scientific concepts 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 challenge students to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing as well as improve their sporting ability
  • to create physically literate and healthy students

Sports Fixtures and Results

We offer a vast range of extra curricular sports clubs which are inclusive and are open to all students, both team and non-team players. Extra Curricular clubs are advertised through daily notices, at the sports hall, in tutor rooms and on the intranet. Clubs will only be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and students will be informed no later than tutor time in order to make the necessary arrangements to leave school at 15:15.

Sports Fixtures will take place on a regular basis and advertised through daily notices and at the sports hall. Students selected for squads should confirm their attendance for the fixture in advance and if unable to play inform the member of staff that leads their team to enable another student to have the opportunity to represent the school. For away fixtures students leave school at 15:30 and return at approximately 17:45 – 18:15 dependent upon location and traffic. Students can use their mobile phones to inform parents of estimated time of arrival back at school during the return journey. Students should make the necessary arrangements to be collected promptly from school and inform parents of the fixture in advance. Letters will not be sent out for fixtures due to the sheer volume of fixtures that occur.

Years 7, 8 and 9

The KS3 curriculum is taught in mixed ability classes with a split of mixed and single gender grouping. Each student in Years 7, 8  and 9 experiences three hours of Physical Education a week. They can also access afterschool clubs on a daily basis (excluding Thursdays).

Years 10 and 11

During KS3, students are regularly assessed in order to track their progress. These assessments will help inform students of their best curriculum route through KS4.  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.  All students will continue with their core PE curriculum In Year 10 and 11; however, some students may opt to study PE as an examination course.  There are 2 pathways that students have available, GCSE PE or Cambridge National Sports Science.

These pathways 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 with a view to lifelong participation in sport, exercise and physical activity


The Physical Education GCSE course is a popular option. The OCR 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 psychology affect sports performance and active and healthy lifestyles, diet and nutrition. As an overview the course is now split into;

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


The Cambridge National offers an alternative pathway to GCSE PE. It allows students to study PE in a different context which explores the importance of health, sport and physical education in a number of different roles and scenarios.

An overview of the course - students study 4 different units across the 2 years each worth 25% of the final grade

  • R041 - Reducing the risk of injury (examination based assessment)
  • R042 - Applying the Principles of Training (centre assessed task)
  • R045 - Sports Nutrition (centre assessed task)
  • R046 - Sports Technology