The Science Department

The Science Faculty has a team of enthusiastic teachers who aim to engage and motivate all students, to help develop their knowledge through relevant practical activities and develop skills which will be useful in everyday life. There are currently nine full-time and one part-time member of staff plus two members of the senior leadership team who teach in the faculty. We have nine purpose-built laboratories, five of which were recently renovated. We are fortunate to be supported by two excellent science technicians, who are always ready to offer advice and support.

During year 7 and 8 students study a creative Key Stage 3 curriculum. The course follows the new National Curriculum, including the working scientifically strand. All the topics explore Science in real, every day scenarios and involve investigative practical activities as a way of gaining knowledge and understanding.

Throughout Key Stage 3, assessment is embedded into each topic and an end of topic test is done in addition to a skills assessment. Pupils are able to use the results of these to track their own progress over the year and compare it to their own target achievement levels.

Key Stage 4 starts in year 9 and all students follow a course designed to support the transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE level. Students study fundamental topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in addition to a scientific skills unit where students develop their skills for controlled assessment. All students follow a Science course in Key Stage 4 and are grouped by ability. Students have the option to choose OCR Gateway Triple Award Science where they can achieve GCSE grades Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Alternatively students can follow GCSE OCR Gateway Science, where the Core Science modules are examined in year ten and the Additional Science modules in year eleven.

In years twelve and thirteen, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered at AS and A level as well as BTEC level 3 in Applied Science. The new A-level specifications will be taught from September 2015.
The Science department strives to offer a wide ranging curriculum so that all pupils can follow a course that caters for their needs and their future aspirations. Science subjects are popular options and the majority of students in Woodrush 6th form study at least 1 Science subject.

The exam results for the faculty are strong and continually improving. In 2014 our Key Stage Four students achieved 89% 2 A*-C with levels of progress being significantly above national averages. Students have very positive perceptions of the progress in Science and this is echoed by parent and carers. We run after school clubs in animal care, robotics, STEM and support with revision.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013 we achieved an award from the Prince’s Teaching Institute in recognition of our work striving for excellence in science teaching. As a faculty we are committed to developing each member of the team and providing students with an exciting and relevant curriculum which challenges and inspires them.

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