The Science department is housed in fifteen fully equipped modern laboratories. There are nine full-time teachers and seven part time staff.

Three full time technicians maintain equipment and prepare experiments. Thursday afternoon is used for departmental meetings and staff training. Recent inset courses include:

  • Building Learning Power ;
  • How Science works;
  • Effective Feedback ;
  • Assessment for Learning;
  • Differentiation, Literacy.

Recent departmental activities to promote Science for the students have included:

  • Ecology field work at the Malham Field Centre.
  • Top of the Bench Chemistry competition.
  • Salter’s Chemistry festival.
  • Visit to National history Museum.
  • Biology Olympiad.
  • Teesside University Forensics Lectures.
  • Choices fortnight.
  • Visit from Chris Sweeting.

Department Staff

Name Position
Mr T Shaw Head of Science
Mrs M Hart Head of Biology
Mrs N Rochelle Head of Biology
Mrs D Arrowsmith Head of Physics
Mrs L Hill Teacher of Chemistry, NQT Mentor / Head of P16 Chemistry
Mr M Gardner Teacher of Physics, KS3 Coordinator
Mr D Mason Teacher of Physics / AST
Mrs M Fawcett Teacher of Biology / Sustainability Coordinator
Mrs R Agar-Plews Teacher of Chemistry
Dr K Garbutt Teacher of Biology
Mrs R Costello Teacher of Biology / KS3 Progress Manager
Dr R Moran Teacher of Biology
Mrs L Shaw Teacher of Chemistry/ Lead induction Tutor
Mrs R Slater Teacher of Biology
Mr M Brodie Teacher of Science
Miss N Butcher Teacher of Chemistry
Mr J Day Technician
Mr M Silk Technician
Mr M Silk Technician
Mrs K Campbell Teaching Assistant


Year 7, 8 and 9

Year 7-9 follow National Curriculum Key stage 3 using our own in house scheme. All lesson plans incorporate accelerated learning, the Academy literacy strategy, Gifted and Talented opportunities and SEN. Year 7 to 9 have three lessons a week.

Year 7 comprises of mixed ability classes for the first half term then setted with Maths, Year 8 are taught in mixed ability bands, but each band is setted on their overall Year 7 results. In Year 9 the students remain in their three mixed ability bands, but the Science department then set them according to their year 8 Science scores.

Year 10, 11

In Year 10, following National Curriculum Key Stage 4, students undertake the OCR Gateway Science course. The course is taught by specialist teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, each subject getting two lessons a week.

Year 12 - 13

Post sixteen students undertake A level Biology (OCR), Chemistry (OCR) and Physics (OCR) . All students get 5 hours per week.

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