Science

Meet the Staff

  • Mr D. Gash (Subject Leader)
  • Mr J. Ashton
  • Mr P. Byrne
  • Mr P. Creed (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Mr G. Copsey
  • Mrs C. Harris (Second in Department)
  • Mr M. Seddon
  • Mrs L. Underwood
  • Ms A. Wheller

Our Aims

The aims of the Science Department are to encourage all students:

  • To acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and the skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations in a range of domestic, industrial and environmental contexts.
  • To acquire an understanding of scientific ideas, how they develop, the factors which may affect their development and their power and limitations.
  • To plan and carry out investigative tasks, considering and evaluating critically their own data and that obtained from other sources, and using ICT where appropriate.
  • To select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions, and using ICT where appropriate.
  • To be able to interpret and evaluate scientific data from a variety of sources.

Key Stage 3

Students follow the Activate scheme which is a brand new course for September 2014. The Scheme gives the pupils an excellent introduction to the three Science subjects Biology, Chemistry and Physics through a wide range of suggested activities to excite our students. Our Year 9 scheme has been adapted over the last 2 years to improve the transition to Key Stage 4.

To view our Key Stage 3 curriculum overview please click here

GCSE

All v and w-band Students follow the AQA GCSE Science-A course in Year 10 followed by AQA GCSE Additional Science-A in Year 11. Some students also go on to study AQA GCSE Further Additional Science-A which allows them to gain the same level of knowledge as studying GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately.

A/S and A2 Level

The three subjects (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics )all study the AQA syllabus at AS and A2 Level. The objective being to encourage the students’ interest in and enthusiasm for the subject with a view to possible further study and a career in any of the subjects.

BTEC Level 2 & 3

The aim of the course is to develop a level of science interest by linking the world of work to science. This course is most suitable to students who are able to work at a consistent level throughout the two years as the course is predominantly coursework assessed. The KS4 Level 2 has been running for 3 years and has given our Y-Band learners a much better Science experience than before whilst allowing them to gain a qualification in Science. The KS5 Level 3 will be offered to Y12 for the first time in September 2013.

Extra Curricular Activities

The Science Department is always very keen to participate in extra-curricular activities including:

  • Participating in Royal Society of Chemistry competitions
  • Trips to Manchester Science Museum
  • Trips to Jodrell Bank Observatory
  • Participating in a range of events related to Science Week

Ogden Trust Partnership – Physics

The Physics Department is part of an Ogden Trust Partnership with other schools across the region. This has allowed us to provide the students with a large number of extracurricular activities such as,

  • Y12 Leicester Space Centre Trip 2013 & 2014
  • Y13 CERN Trip 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Y11 Nuclear Fusion Lecture by Melanie Windrige 2012 & 2013
  • Café Science: KS4 to KS5 Physics Transition Event at Liverpool University 2013 & 2014
  • Ogden Physicist of the Year Award 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Ogden Y10 Physics Prize 2013 & 2014
  • Y9 Ashfield Music Festival Event 2011
  • Y13 Nuclear Physics Master class Sessions at Liverpool University 2012 & 2013
  • Y12 Particle Physics Master class Sessions at Liverpool University 2012 & 2013

Our Recent Successes

To be updated.

Some of our Former Students

Previous Gateacre Science students have gone on to study a wide range of scientific degrees including Medicine, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Human Biology and Anatomy, Engineering, Astrophysics and Physics.