Roles in Department

September 2018

  • Head of Science – Mrs Jo Matthews, JMa (Chemistry)
  • Second in Science- Miss Hannah Barley, HBa (Biology)
  • Key stage 4 coordinator – Mr Andrew Mitchell, AMi (Chemistry)
  • Key Stage 5 coordinator – Mr Ben Latimer, BLa, (Biology)
  • Key Stage 3 Coordinator – Mrs Sarah Lawless, (Sports Science)
  • Miss Angie Booth, ABo (Biology) Assistant Head
  • Mrs Sam Worthington, SWo (Biologist)
  • Mrs Tricia Donlon, PDo (Chemist)
  • Miss Lauren Kerbyson, LKe (Biology),
  • Miss Caitlin Macdonald, CMa (Chemistry)
  • Miss Bethany Mackender. BMa (Biology)
  • Mr Connor Macrae, CMe (Physics)
  • Mr George Newton, GNe (Physics)
  • Ms Vicky Pawson, VPa (Biology)
  • Mr Sam Peach, SPe (Physics)
  • Mr David Perry, DPe (Biology) Deputy Head
  • Mr Jacob Toner, JTo (Biology)
  • Mr Elliot Townsend, ETo (Physics)
  • Mrs Kate Vinall, KVi (Chemistry)
  • Dr Gareth Wild, GWi (Chemistry) , Head of KS4 achievement
  • Mrs Katherine Woodcock, KWo (Chemistry
  • Mrs Donata Ankudowicz – Science departmental Teaching Assistant
  • Miss Gosia Skrundz – Science departmental EAL Teaching Assistant



  • Senior Technician  Mrs Helen Penn
  • Full time technician Miss Hannah Loader
  • Full time technician Mr David Ward
  • Part Time technician Miss Rosie Csoppu


Science KS4 results 

Year 11


99% of Year 11 students last year achieved A*- C qualifications in one Science.

83% achieved A*- C in two Science GCSEs.

100% of students entered for the 3 Science GCSEs achieved 3 A*-C grades, with 57% of students achieving A*/A.



The science department, is the largest in the school in terms of both the number of staff and the pupil lessons taught. It has a large role to play both in the academic achievements of the pupils and in and supporting the ethos of this school: to promote the physical, intellectual, aesthetic, spiritual and moral growth of all members of our community.


Lead by Head of Department Jo Matthews and a management team of five others, there are fifteen full time teachers, three part time teacher members of staff and four school direct trainee. The teaching staff are supported by a team of laboratory technicians fronted by senior technician Helen Penn.


All science lessons take place in our 15 new, world class laboratories. Each laboratory is equipped with interactive white boards, separate pupil practical work and written work areas. The science inventory is all new, including six class sets of laptops, facilitating the hands on approach to science supported by the department. The Laboratories are well equipped with practical apparatus and materials. Textbooks are available for each students for all courses offered by the department. All GCSE pupils receive a CGP revision guide and homework work book.


The Science Curriculum


Key stage 3: All students will follow our own scheme, written in response to the KS3 initiative and the NC which is in electronic format. In year 9 pupils begin studying for GCSE Science which continues into year 10 and year 11.

Key stage 4: Pupils follow a programme of study leading to the AQA Combined Science dual award or AQA separate sciences. All examinations for these courses take place in year 11.

Post 16: There are AS and A2 courses in Applied Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry with healthy groups sizes in all four courses.


Organisation of teaching groups

  • Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in mixed ability.  

  • Year 9: the pupils are banded across each half year and commence the study of GCSE Science

  • Year 10: the pupils are banded across each half year.

    Groups 1 complete the AQA Triple science course, so achieve a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    Sets 2 – 7 complete the AQA Science Trilogy Combined Science, so achieve 2 GCSEs.

  • Year 11: the pupils are banded across each half year.

    Groups 1 complete the AQA Triple science course, so achieve a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    Sets 2 – 7 complete the AQA Science Trilogy Combined Science, so achieve 2 GCSEs.

  • Post 16: Dependant on intake the average class size is about 10-20 students.

 Extra –curricular

Science run a variety of clubs and trips aimed at enriching the scientific experience of students and challenging the most gifted and able. This includes the ‘Top of the Bench’ competition, science club aimed at year 7’s and 8’s. Trips to local universities such as Hull, and York. Attendance at Science Live to listen to top British scientists discuss current breakthroughs in scientific research. Visits to top scientific attractions such as The Science Museum London, London Natural History Museum, National Railway Museum, CERN and The Deep also take place to support the content of the curriculum.


Provisional Science Exam dates 2017-2018


Exam Paper

Provisional Date


Biology Paper 1

Tuesday 15th May


Chemistry Paper 1

Thursday 17th May


Physics paper 1

Wednesday 23rd May


Biology Paper 2

Monday 11th June


Chemistry Paper 2

Wednesday 13th June


Physics paper 2

Friday 15th June