Science is the subject that underpins out understanding of the Universe. If you’ve ever pondered questions such “What is the universe expanding into if it is surrounded by nothing?” or “How do Polar Bears not freeze in the Arctic?” then you’ll know that Science is about finding out the answers to these questions.

Industry and business are built on Science and along with Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for what is known as the STEM subjects. These are some of the most highly sought-after subjects among employers and universities – and are an important focus here at Priory School.

At Priory we strive to nurture the enquiring minds of our students while making sure they are given the safe environment they need to be able to “operate as Scientists”.

We recognize that each student is an individual and all students have the potential and right to be successful.


Key Stage 3

Pupils are set according to ability throughout their time at Priory School, hence ensuring all students are taught at the appropriate level at all stages of their mathematical development.

We build upon the work of our primary colleagues and begin to look at the fundamental aspects of Science, such as Atomics Structure, Energy and Forces that underpin the GCSE course they will be taking. Above all, Science is taught using an enquiry model designed to showcase how these concepts relate to our everyday lives.


Key Stage 4

This course builds on the major scientific concepts introduced at KS3 as well as the links with industry and industrial processes.

The course aims to build on their curiosity about the natural world and provides an insight into how science works, and appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives.

The topic content that our students study is as follows:

Biology – includes – Cell biology, Transport systems, Health, disease and development of medicines, Co-ordination and control, Photosynthesis, Ecosystems, Inheritance, variation and evolution.

Chemistry – includes –Atomic structure and the Periodic table, Structure bonding and the properties of matter, Chemical changes, Energy changes in Chemistry, The rate and extent of chemical change, Chemical analysis, Chemical and allied industries and Earth and atmospheric science.

Physics – includes Energy, Forces, Forces and motion, Waves in matter, Light and electromagnetic waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter and Atomic structure.


KS4 Examination Outline

Our current Year 11 students are studying for the following examinations

Subject Exam Board Qualification Controlled Assessments Exam
Science A & Core Science (Double Science) AQA 2 x GCSE 1 per GCSE 2 x 1.5h exams per GCSE

Triple Science




AQA 3 x GCSE 1 per GCSE 3 x 1hr exam PER GCSE


The examinations for summer 2018 will be

Subject Exam Board Qualification Controlled Assessments Exam
Combined Science: Trilogy AQA GCSE None

6 papers of 1hr10min

2 each of Biology, Chemistry & Physics

“Separate Sciences”




AQA GCSE None 2 written papers (50% each) of 1 hour 45 minutes duration for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This leads to six papers in total. These will be taken at the end of Year


Beyond The Curriculum

The department offers a range of extra-curricular activities, such as the STEM club where we are currently working towards our CREST award and extra-curricular trips to various places across the south. We work closely with our local STEM ambassadors, bringing in experienced Scientists from the work place to our school to tell our students what it is like to be a Scientist in the “real world”.

Science Team

Mr R Foster Science Teacher & Assistant Head teacher
Mrs E Weeks Head of Biology
Mr M Miah Head of Chemistry
Mr S McLean Head of Physics
Mrs G Quinn Lead Practitioner of Science
Ms B England-Wood Science Teacher i/c STEM
Mrs S Laffey Science Teacher
Dr N Sharmin Science Teacher (Researcher in Science)
Mr J Doney Science Teacher
Mrs C Cox Head Technician
Mrs N McLernon Science Technician
Mrs E Clements Science Technician
Mrs W Rowlands Science Technician