Chemistry

The Chemistry Department continues to thrive and has recently expanded into a new laboratory which, like the other three, is designed in order that the subject may be taught in a practical manner. There are three full time and one part time specialist teachers in the department.

In Years 7 and 8 the students follow a laboratory based course which allows the children to gain as much hands-on experience as possible as they discover the basic techniques of chemistry from filtration, collection of laboratory gases and test tube production of metals from ores. Wherever possible every lesson will involve students in some form of practical activity.

In Year 9, the students begin the study of the AQA GCSE Chemistry course where more theoretical aspects are brought alongside the practical activities they will continue to meet.

In Year 10 and 11 the students can opt to continue the study of Chemistry. The vast majority of the students do so and we feel that by the end of the course they will have a suitable grounding in relevant areas of Chemistry in order that they will have a good understanding of the world around them. We hope that their GCSE Chemistry will also be a springboard for further studies in areas including: Physical Sciences, Geological Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy/Pharmacology, Nutrition and Veterinary Science.

Chemistry at Sixth Form level is very popular. In recent years demand for the subject has grown significantly and additional groups have had to be created. We now run three teaching groups in both Year 12 and in Year 13. This allows numbers to be kept low enough for staff to have a good insight into each student's ability and their potential within the subject. We follow the highly popular OCR Chemistry course and our students usually achieve strong A-level results.

We encourage our students to study in areas of the subject beyond the specification. This breadth of knowledge enables them to test their skills in the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, a challenging but interesting event for all who enter it.

We are proud that many of our students progress to university to study various forms of chemistry.