“The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for the truth.” – Irving Langmuir


Why we do what we do:

As a young child, I remember being fascinated by everything around me, from looking at the stars and wondering what they are, to watching tiny bugs on the ground, from asking my parents what is in here (apparently I tapped my head) that means I can see out of these (pointing to my eyes). Aged 11 I decided I wanted to be a teacher, aged 16 I decided that would be a science teacher.

Mrs Fitzpatrick.  Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Lead for Science.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 pupils will have 2 or 3 science lessons per week.  Pupils in Pathway 1 will follow a curriculum built around the themes that form the foundations of the Pathway 1 ‘Themes for Learning’.

During Years 7 and 8, pupils in Pathways 2 and 3 follow a course that has been developed to cover as much of the National curriculum as possible, at an appropriate level, which is adjusted as required.

 In Year 9,  pupils in Pathways 2 & 3 begin to follow the Entry level course.

Key Stage 4

In KS4, pupils in Pathway 1 gain units in the AQA Unit Award Scheme. In Pathways 2 & 3,  pupils are placed in specific classes; some pupils will continue with the AQA Entry Level qualification, while others will move on to study AQA GCSE Biology.


When possible, we make suitable visits off site to venues, which include:  The Space Centre in Leicester, to consolidate the amazing work we are doing in school.

Leaders have also ensured that the effective use of teaching assistants across the school ensures that all pupils actively engage in lessons because their needs are being met.


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