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The Centre for Education in Science and technology states:                                                          

‘Science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work like they do. Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport.’

Science at The West Grantham Academy St Hugh's is taught as a compulsory subject to all students in KS3 and KS4 and we are able to offer lots of practical activities in our well-equipped laboratories. Science is taught by specialist teachers who are supported by a laboratory technician. Our aim is to engage and enthuse our students with the joys of science. We have a great partnership with the Institute of Physics, to ensure that our physics teaching is of the highest possible standard.

Team and roles within the team:

  • Miss Rachel Taylor - Lead Practitioner (
  • Miss Clare Buffham - CTL Science (
  • Mr Thomas Butt - Second in Science (
  • Mr Lee Hulse-  Teacher of Science and Head of House (
  • Mr Jacob Swatton - Trainee Teacher of Science Science (
  • Mrs Rhiannon Kopp- Lab Technician (

KS3 Curriculum

At KS3 students follow the Activate KS3 course alongside skills based lessons, which are structured to give them as much hands on experience of science as possible.  The course allows students to explore their scientific understanding of the workings of the world around them and supports them in preparation for their KS4 learning.

Year 7 curriculum plan:

  • Cells
  • Particles
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Space
  • Ecological relationships

Year 8 curriculum plan:

  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • The Periodic Table
  • Energy
  • Health and lifestyle
  • The Earth
  • Structure and functions of body systems
  • Chemical reactions
  • Metals and acids
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Adaptation, extinction and inheritance

KS3 Assessment

Each topic is assessed using a standardised end of topic test from the Activate scheme, these are then used to judge if students are making expected progress towards their end of year 11 target.

KS4 Curriculum

Science as a core subject

  • All students at St Hugh’s will complete combined GCSE science
  • This is a double award, so each student will receive two GCSE grades on the 9 to 1 scale
  • The content is a combination of all three subject areas; biology, chemistry and physics.

Science as a separate subject

  • Some students are selected to complete three ‘separate’ sciences.
  • They will receive a GCSE in biology, chemistry and physics.
  • These students will receive three separate grades on the 9-1 scale.

Students all have access, via the Kerboodle website, to online text books and resources for each of the three sciences.

KS4 Assessment

Combined science assessment:

In total, students completing combined science will complete 6 exam papers:

Biology: 2 x 1hr 15min papers
Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 15min papers
Physics: 2 x 1hr 15min papers

Weighting: Each paper is worth 16.7% of the combined science grade

Separate science assessment

In total, students completing separate science will complete 6 exam papers:

Biology: 2 x 1hr 45min papers
Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 45min papers
Physics: 2 x 1hr 45min papers

Weighting: Each paper is worth 50% of the grade in that subject

Useful website links

AQA Website:
BBC Bitesize: