Science is a very popular and successful department at QK. All students follow the subjects throughout KS3. The emphasis is on developing links between science and the world whilst training the students to be competent in following experimental work. All students then go on to study science at KS4. In KS4 we offer a variety of routes to suit every student. The aim of each KS4 course is to develop students into competent scientists whilst also developing skills that can be used in a variety of situations. A significant proportion of our students go on to successfully study science at A-level.

Highlight of 2011 results

As in line with previous years students continue to achieve results which are higher than the National average. 73% of students achieved A* - C grades in their core Science GCSE which shows an increase from last year. 2011 saw the first group of students complete their triple Science course with an amazing 99% of students achieving A* - C grades. Furthermore 45% secured the top A*/A grades.

Current Developments

As set out by the government, year 9 and 10 students start studying the new GCSE Science Specification from September 2011. The new specification will place a greater emphasis on practical experiments. It will also better prepare those students who wish to continue to study Science at KS5.

September 2011 also saw the introduction of a new AS Applied Science course to replace AS Science. This course contains a greater emphasis on how Science is used in industry.

As a department we are continuing to strengthen our links with other schools and universities. We have an outreach coordinator who works with local junior schools in the delivery of Science. Junior School children often have the chance to take part in lessons in the Science department. This gives them access to equipment that they would not normally be able to use. We often welcome University students into the department to provide cutting edge expertise in their fields of Science. Last year this included students from Imperial College and Kings College London.

Beyond QK

The science department offers a range of extracurricular activities for students to become involved in. At KS4 and KS5 students have the opportunity to attend science lectures and other events hosted by universities.

At KS3 we offer a Science club where students can take part in investigations and experiments that lead to nationally recognised awards.

Across KS3 and KS4 regular trips take place which help to consolidate the topics that students learn in class.