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Science Department

We cannot escape the fact that Science is a necessary part of our everyday lives. It studies the things that are happening around and within us and looks for evidence to explain ideas. Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace from the food that we eat, the medicines we take and the clothes that we wear.

The practicals conducted develop our students’ investigative skills and confidence in handling chemicals, performing dissections and the utilisation of equipment such as spectroscopes. Students are encouraged to take ownership over their learning by teachers promoting independence, thus allowing them to branch out in their own direction once the core content is understood. We are proud of our involvement within the community though our student Science Ambassadors and our links within industry and higher education enables opportunities beyond the curriculum. We are fortunate that our school is situated within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which enables us to study the diversity of life in the natural setting.

We aim to stimulate our students’ innate curiosity through our bespoke curriculum at all key stages emphasising a practical and stimulating curriculum which makes clear links to modern contexts.

  • Key stage 4 Science Ambassadors who represent the academy within the local primary schools
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics in action events at Warwick University
  • Participation in the Biology and Chemistry Olympiad
  • Operating theatre live – dissection based surgical experience
  • STEM links with the University of Northampton
  • Biology dissection evening to inspire a love of Biology
  • Run Adam Whitaker Astronomy event
  • Participation in ‘Super Physics 2018: supported by the IOP and the Ogden Trust’

Science Intent

In studying Science we facilitate the development of both powerful and procedural knowledge in order to develop learners that are able to  problem solve and make informed decisions in many areas of life; how to analyse, to debate using educated opinions, to interpret, evaluate and to nurture an enquiring mind through practical endeavours. It is essential to develop an understanding of the world around us, assembled by appreciation of previous theories and how they have led to modern scientific discoveries. Our goal is to raise analytical, innovative thinkers that are able to enhance the way we live, not only producing the scientists of the future but to also empower students to make informed choices in their lives and enable them to take part in key debates and challenges confronting society today.

The Team


Adam Tan

Head of Science

Daniel Hawksley

Second in Science & Head of Biology

Steph Schofield

Head of Chemistry

Assistant Principal

Jinny Bell

Head of Physics

Jess Wells

Head of KS3 Science

Emma Black

Head of Combined Science

Angeline Annable

Teacher of Science

Senior Assistant Principal & SENCO

Kate Jeyes

Teacher of Science

Vice Principal

Louise Hegarty

Teacher of Science

Joshua Pape

Teacher of Science

Luke Michie

Teacher of Science

Sammy Hallybone

Teacher of Science

Culture, Ethos & Diversity Lead

Sarah Kemp

Teacher of Science

Danielle Budgen

Teacher of Science

Josh Bell

Teacher of Science


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