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Here in Science we are enthusiastic and passionate about our subject and endeavour to pass this on to our students through exciting experiments and lively discussion. We cater for all types of learner and provide a varied curriculum for Key Stage 3 and follow a variety of pathways matched to the needs of the students, through GCSE.

Alongside lab-based teaching and learning there are opportunities to go on amazing trips and to lectures as well as visits to university labs to get a taste of Science beyond the classroom.

We are also part of the Year 7 Specialist Schools Curriculum, and run two modules as part of the School of Discovery, 'The World Around You' and 'To the Stars!'

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence."

Louis Pasteur

Please also see the Varndean Science google website for lots more in depth information about this subject.

Varndean Science google website 

Why Study this Subject?

Science is a core subject because it is so crucial to all of the facets of life. Science leads to many different types of career from pharmacy to engineering and all that falls in between. The skills you acquire by studying science are applicable to a range of careers that fall outside of the obvious science spectrum, for example, sports science calculating the force and trajectory required to take the ultimate free kick! 

Topics of Study and Assignments

In Years 7 and 8 you will study a range of topics starting off with how science works, laboratory skills and health and safety in the lab. You will then go on to study: Biology including cells, body systems and reproduction; Chemistry including particles, reactions, acids and alkalis; Physics including forces, sound, light and space. 

In Year 9 students begin their AQA GCSE course. There are two top sets and mixed ability classes. All classes are taught the same content and their pathway is decided at the end of Year 10 based on academic performance. This will either be separate sciences (triple), or the trilogy route (formerly double science). All routes will provide students the opportunity for students to continue their science studies at A level. There is no longer coursework and students will sit all exams at the end of Year 11.

The Team

Laura Bush is the Head of Science.

Josh Beckwith is a Teacher of Science.

Angela Brookes is a Science Lead Professional.

Charlotte Clayton is a Teacher of Science.

Jacob Collins is a Teacher of Science.

Sara Connolly is a Teacher of Science.

Alex Ferrari is a Teacher of Science and Forest School.

Sam Head is a Science Technician.

Marie Hills is the Faculty Departmental Assistant.

Viktoria Jakobik is a Teacher of Science.

Hazel Johnson is the Senior Science Technician.

John Lamb is a Teacher of Science, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Lennox School.

Freya Leman is a Science Lead Professional.

Naomi Wanstall is a Teacher of Science.

Kiera Wood is a Teacher of Science.

Extra-curricular Activities

In Science club students will carry out a range of exciting scientific experiments and have the opportunity to discuss the science behind them.

Lego robots involves building Lego robots using Lego mindstorms technology with an aim towards entering the regional competition. The club is designed to encourage those interested in STEM subjects to think about the challenges facing modern society and come up with innovative ideas to tackle these challenges.

In Astonomy club students have the opportunity to learn all about the universe they live in, including planetary systems, stars and the sun. Students will learn to use telescopes, create satellites and get to enjoy all things astronomy.

Visit our extra-curricular page to see our full range of extra-curricular activities