Science, Technology & Mathematics

MATHEMATICS AND FURTHER MATHEMATICS

The main reason for studying mathematics is that it is interesting and enjoyable. Mathematics is about structure, logical analysis, deduction and calculations. Many pupils enjoy the challenge that this subject has to offer and find it interesting to explore the different branches of Mathematics.
 
Mathematics is taught throughout the school from Year 7 to Year 11 when students take their final GCSE examination. Those who attain a B grade or better are encouraged to continue this subject into AS level. Further Mathematics is also available to those who show real promise.
 
The department follows policies defined by the National Guidelines for Mathematics education. These provide opportunity for all our pupils to gain the necessary skills by making use of the latest resources and technology. Our team of highly qualified, enthusiastic staff encourages a holistic approach to Mathematics education.
 
Assessment at Key Stage 4 takes place via the Edexcel linear exam where pupils will sit a non-calculator and calculator paper. Each pupil's progress is carefully monitored across the key stages enabling challenge and encouragement to be offered as appropriate.
 
The school offers opportunities for participation in the National Mathematics Challenge and endeavours to foster a love for the subject by offering a games and puzzles club and the increasingly popular chess club.
 
Despite Mathematics being a subject that pupils 'love-to-hate', we have managed to foster a respect and healthy attitude to the subject through the years
 

PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY

Science is taught as a general discipline from Year 7 to Year 9. Pupils in Year 10 sit their first GCSE exam at the end of year 10 and a second Science GCSE at the end Year 11. There is an option for GCSE pupils to choose separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs and this provides outstanding preparation for A-level. All three individual Science subjects are offered at AS and A2 Level in the Sixth Form and the Science results at A2 have been outstanding in recent years.
 
Pupils are encouraged to take a hands-on approach to Science in the younger years, exploring and investigating every aspect of this important discipline.
 
At GCSE level, pupils learn to develop an understanding of the world around them and become familiar with the scientific skills and concepts that they need at this stage of their education.
 
A-level courses provide fantastic preparation for further study in a Science based course at University and our pupils have made this transition incredibly well.
 
The location of this stunning site is a real asset to teaching Science. Science classes are often taken outside to bring aspects of Science to life. We are blessed by having easy access to an animal club, deciduous woodlands, fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses. There are annual trips in place for each year group. These trips range from getting involved in Innovation workshops and exploring the applications of nanotechnology to attending events in London and Oxford where some of the country’s leading Scientists present interesting and topical cutting edge research.
 

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Design Technology is taught throughout the school from Year 7 to Year 9 after which it is a popular option for GCSE study in Years 10 and 11. In the Sixth Form AS and A2 Levels are taught in Art and Design and Product Design.
 
The Technology Centre is a very well equipped suite of workshops, comprising specialist rooms catering for work in wood, metal and plastics. The engineering room is particularly well equipped, with a series of computers in the classroom linked to the latest CAD/CAM router. Our pupils can carry out work very similar to that in modern industrial manufacturing.
 
In Year 7 our pupils are taught how to process the common materials through a wide range of traditional and contemporary projects. With each project, progressively more individual design work is introduced so that by the end of Year 9 pupils can design products to their own specification.
 
For GCSE, pupils take Resistant Materials (using whatever material best suits their design). Pupils who complete this course successfully are invited to consider taking AS Level Product Design.
 
Over the years students have produced much excellent work, demonstrating originality of design and competent execution.
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