Chemistry

Overview

Chemistry is an integral part of everyday life; what in the world isn’t Chemistry? We believe that Chemistry provides students with an alternative way of viewing the world around them.

Chemistry helps to explain not only many major industrial processes but also those things which we take for granted: clean water, tasty food, clothing, and much more. Through studying Chemistry, we hope that we will equip students to be able to see the hidden beauty in the world. Chemistry in Year 7 to 11 is taught through a variety of modern-day contexts.

As far as possible, lessons are structured so that ideas and concepts are explored through practical investigation. Lessons are designed so that students learn in a variety of ways through group work, pair work or individual study, as appropriate. Teachers encourage students to ask questions and to challenge current theories. Students have the opportunity to discover and pursue interests in Chemistry through various research-based projects across Years 7 to 11.

The Chemistry Department provides a supportive and nurturing environment in which students can learn about the important role of Chemistry in everyday life and explore the increasing contribution which Chemistry makes to human advancement.

We are committed to developing our practice as educators and to this end we are a Royal Society of Chemistry Learn Partner.

Curriculum

Year 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, students have a double lesson per week of Chemistry and one piece of homework will be set. Students will study a variety of topics which form the foundations of Chemistry; these include:

Year 7Year 8
The Periodic TableExtracting Metals
Fuels for the FutureReactions of Metals
Acids and AlkalisCorrosion
Separating MixturesFertilizers

We provide students with a text book [Longman Chemistry 11-14] which gives a comprehensive overview of these topics.

GCSE

At GCSE, Chemistry is a core subject in the curriculum and is taught by subject specialists in our fully equipped laboratories.

We begin our GCSE course in Year 9; therefore, students in Years 9 to 11 will follow the AQA GCSE Chemistry course which is examined at the end of Year 11.

In Year 10 a small group of students will be selected to follow the AQA (Trilogy) Combined Science route to GCSE, the same course followed by the majority of students countrywide, and which allows additional support to be provided.

AQA Chemistry 

Trips, activities and clubs

Students in the Chemistry Department are able to participate in a variety of enrichment activities; these include:

  • The Salters’ Festival (Year 8)
  • RSC Chemistry Challenge (Year 10)
  • GCSE Science Live (Year 11)

There are a variety of co-curricular clubs which we offer, although changes occur from year to year. In recent years they included a forensics club and a pyrotechnic club.

Staff

  • Mr J Copley MSci (Head of Chemistry and DoE Co-ordinator)
  • Ms E Lucas BSc, MA
  • Dr J Hill BSc 
  • Mrs J Perry BSc MSc