SCIENCE

Science stimulates and excites studentsí curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. This curiosity is satisfied through knowledge, understanding and the linking of direct practical experience with ideas.

In the Lower School the Science course follows a broad and balanced programme involving the concepts of biology, chemistry and physics including the earth and universe. Boys acquire an understanding of scientific ideas and a systematic body of knowledge. They learn to plan and carry out a range of investigations, to present information clearly and logically and to use ICT where appropriate.

In Years 10 and 11 all students follow a Double Certificate GCSE course which counts as two GCSE subjects and provides the grounding from which any combination of biology, chemistry and physics may be studied in the Sixth Form.

The aim is to apply knowledge in new and changing situations, show how scientific ideas develop, evaluate critically their own data from experiments and recognise the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments.

In increasing number of students choose to study at least one science at AS/A level. Students recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its world-wide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. Many go on to study science or engineering subjects at university.

The department is fully staffed with teachers and technicians who are experts in biology, chemistry and physics. We have a brand new chemistry laboratory along with five other well-equipped laboratories. There are two each for the specialist work in biology, chemistry and physics.

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