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Science is an exciting and dynamic learning experience, particularly for our younger students, many of whom enter a specialist science laboratory for the first time. Science club for members of Year 7 is designed to enrich the students’ understanding of science and links school science with everyday life, while Science Week celebrates events nationwide.

All students at Greenshaw study science from Years 7 through to Year 11. In all years, students have the opportunity to learn through a variety of methods, whether this be class presentations, practical experiments (temporarily on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions) or class discussions.

In Years 7 to 9, students cover big ideas in science that help students understand key scientific ideas and skills.

In Year 10, all students complete combined science or triple science using the AQA triology specification.

In Year 11, all students complete combined science or triple science using the OCR gateway specification:

  • Combined Science (compulsory, unless studying triple science)
  • Triple Science (chemistry, biology, physics)

At post-16, students can choose to follow either A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry or A Level Physics using the OCR A specification. During A Level studies, students participate in enrichment and extension activities, developing their understanding and skill within science. In common with other departments, the science team connects with universities, organising speakers to visit Greenshaw and talks and activities at universities. Both Year 12 and Year 13 students are encouraged to attend numerous university summer schemes and lectures. Throughout the year, students represent the school in science competitions, such as Salter’s Top of the Bench competition.

Resources to help with classwork or extended work, can be found on Frog.

Miss N Haq is Head of Science, Dr K Hirst is Head of Biology and Mr J Dowie is Head of Physics. Mrs S Allison is KS3 coordinator, Key Stage 4 Coordinator: Mrs T Forno.
Other members of the team are: Miss S Atkins, Mrs D Ayres, Mr R Brooks, Mrs S Carran (maternity leave), Mr M Clarke,Dr F Dickens, Mr T Evans, Dr V Frewin, Dr A Grey, Miss N Hemming (maternity leave), Miss K Ioannides, Mr J Mirtschin, Dr Pereira Lopes, Miss K Scruton and Mr N Walpole.

Mrs S Tyson is our Lead Science Technician, other members of the science technician team are Mrs Wakefield, Mrs A Sturdy and Mrs J Ingle.