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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Science

The Science department aims to provide students with an interest and understanding of science and how science works, as well as developing their practical experimental skills.

The department has ten dedicated science laboratories. There are six laboratories on the ground floor in Bede House, two in Heenan House and two on the first floor in Mother Teresa House. Each building has a science preparation room for the technicians to use, the main preparation room being in Bede House. ICT and multimedia resources are used frequently in lessons with each laboratory having an overhead projector connected to the computer network.

Head of Department

Mr J McCarville

 

 

Teachers of Science

 
Ms R Nelligan - 2 i/c of Dept

Mrs C Osuji

Mr J Gillin

Mrs M Allitt

Mr R Slack

Mrs J Waterhouse

Mr L Hayden

Miss C Patel

Ms I Alrevez

Mr N Idris

Mr O Romero  

Science Technicians

 

Senior Science Technician
Ms N Bridger

 

Science Technician

Ms S Dedji

 

 

 

KS3

All students follow the Science National Curriculum at KS3 throughout Years 7 and 8.  Students are assessed regularly through end of unit tests, examinations and ongoing formative assessment.

The Year 7 and 8 course follows the KS3 AQA Active Scheme of Work, which is designed to stretch and challenge all students to support them in the transition from KS3 to the new  GCSE's at KS4.

KS4

At KS4, the Science Department provides different pathways to GCSE, enabling students to maximise their particular strengths and interests.

In years 9 some students opt to take 3 GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. However the majority of students will take 2 GCSE’s in Combined Science.

Both GCSE options follow the AQA exam board and over the 3 years students will regularly be assessed at the end of each teaching unit. Required practicals will also be assessed by the teacher as an ongoing basis.

KS5

In Years 12 and 13 students can choose to take the following 4 science subjects:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Applied Science

Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses follow the OCR A specifications and involve 100% written examination papers at the end of year 13.  Required practicals form part of the course and these will be assessed thought out the two year course.

The Applied Science course follows the AQA specification and involves a strong emphasis (66.6%) on portfolio work although there are still some written examinations as well (33.3%).