Science

The Faculty

Miss E Andrews Head of Yousafzai House/ Teacher of Biology
Miss R Ardell  Teacher of Physics
Mr K Arden Teacher of Physics
Mrs J Brooke Teacher of Biology
Mrs K Crocker Assistant Headteacher/ Teacher of Biology and Physics
Mr A Francis Black Acting Deputy Headteacher / Teacher of Physics
Mr J Hake Teacher of Chemistry and Physics
Mr T Hodgson Deputy Head of Sixth Form/ Teacher of Chemistry
Mrs Z  Ivey Head of Science/ Teacher of Biology
Miss S Pearce Second in Science/ Teacher of Biology
Mrs C Probert  Tecaher of Biology and Physics
Mrs A Helliar Senior Science Technician
Miss P Chalk Science Technician

The science faculty has shown rapid improvement over the last two years with GCSE outcomes showing positive progress for students. The faculty is proud to have over 60% of GCSE students choosing to study triple science. A Level sciences are also very popular with 43% of students in Year 12 taking at least one science A Level.

KS3 Curriculum

Students follow a scheme of learning based on the Oxford Activate scheme. Science teachers have used this scheme as a basis to write lessons specific to St Katherine's students, prioritizing engagement and mastery. Students study 9-12 topics each year covering biology, chemistry and physics. In year 7 students are assessed on their KS2 science knowledge at the start of year 7, with three further assessments through the year. Year 8 classes are assessed three times through the year. Year 9 classes are assessed in Terms 1 and 2 before starting GCSE science courses. Year 7 classes are taught in mixed ability tutor group, year 8 and 9 classes are set by ability. At the end of each topic students will also complete a piece of extended writing which is assessed. Homework is set once a week at KS3. 

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4 students can select to study either triple science or combined science. Triple science leads to separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics, and is the best preparation for A Levels in science. Combined Science leads to a double GCSE in combined science, and covers a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics. At KS4 students are taught in sets. There are regular assessments at the end of topics throughout the year. Homework is set once a fortnight for biology, chemistry and physics. Each homework task is 60-90 minutes long.

Able, Gifted and Talented

The faculty supports all students by offering a range of opportunities and pathways through science. Students can extend their science experience through activities such as science challenges that run as competitions in Bristol University or local schools, ‘Science live!’ lectures at the Colston Hall, the school’s own Science Week, STEM club and cross curricular projects with other faculties. 

A range of pathways allow students to follow courses that are most appropriate for them. Triple Science is an excellent pathway to stretch and challenge our most able students and is an excellent grounding for study at advanced level.

Co-curricular Activities

  • STEM club
  • Skirting Science – An event for year 9 girls
  • Science Week
  • Tea with a Scientist
  • The Big Bang Science Show – NEC Birmingham
  • Visiting Speakers
  • Lectures such as “Science live!” at the Colston Hall
  • GO4SET
  • Science Museum
  • Natural History Museum