The Science department is committed to preparing students for a rapidly changing World. We seek to enhance scientific thinking by hypothesising, observing and evaluating as well as delivering essential core subject knowledge. Science is all about exploration and wonder, allowing students to investigate and understand the World around them through practical based activities giving hands on opportunities as well as communication and teamwork. As Science is a core subject, the grounding it gives students in invaluable to meet the needs of many careers in the modern World.
Your Child’s Journey in Science
You can download this document to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they experience Science.
At Key Stage 3 there is new, detailed and exciting learning experience to inspire the minds of young and eager Scientists of tomorrow. New GCSEs are much more demanding in terms of content and skill so our Key Stage 3 curriculum is rigorous and stimulating enough to prepare all students to take on all challenges they face.
Students in Science have three lessons per week and follow a combined course, studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through practical and written tasks. Developing skills in applying data to analyse and solve problems and explain scientific phenomena is an essential skill to our Key Stage 3 Science curriculum.
All students study Science at Key Stage 4, opting for either Double Award Science – four lessons a week, or Triple Award Science- 7 lessons a week. We currently follow the OCR GCSE curriculum, which is a combines all three Science disciplines giving a balanced view of the Biological, Chemical and Physical Worlds around us.
All in all the topics we study combine pure Science with contextual and real-life applications of Science allowing students to explore the moral and ethical considerations of developments and conflicts in the scientific community.
Science at Accrington is diverse and we offer our students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to A-Level. Each subject builds on the Key Stage 4 and prepares students for careers in Science, Medicine and Engineering.
Students who choose Science A-Levels study the subject for five lessons a week in a combination of theory and practical based learning.
We follow the OCR A-level Science curriculum for each of the three disciplines.
We have 2 brand new, spacious, state of the art Science laboratories, equipped with Apple TVs and new subject specific apparatus.
5 standard Science laboratories with interactive whiteboards and all traditional scientific apparatus required to explore the wonders of the subject.
A virtual Science laboratory equipped with computers for scientific research and a lecture-style approach to lessons.
Preparatory rooms and a staff workshop to allow quality preparation and design of the learning provided by the departmental staff.
Our technicians run a number of workshops aimed at teaching valuable practical skills to students taking or hoping to take Science A-levels. These workshops focus on the skills required for Science practicals. We feel it’s very important to equip our students with the necessary skills to carry out difficult and complex Science procedures independently, such as:
- Standard solutions
- Serial dilutions
- Health and safety
Our technicians are always more than happy to help out any student after school with an experiment they wish to try out or recap. This can be any pupil at any key stage. Their aim alongside the teaching staff is to raise achievement in Science education through practical skill enhancement and application.
Mr J. Peel
Subject Lead Science
Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium BATMAN! I have always had a love of the Sciences (and Science jokes!). I have engaged with all three disciplines throughout my career as a Research Scientist and a Teacher. My particular interests are Biochemistry and Proteomics (Protein Chemistry) as such my favourite activity in Science lessons are always the practicals. Experiments, investigations, demonstrations and the occasional (frequent) explosions are the best part of Secondary Science and I aim to please with all of my classes!
Mrs K. Swift
Science Lead Practitioner
To me science is essential for understanding the world, there is a beauty to how everything fits together perfectly to work in the Universe and I genuinely can't pick out an area of science that interests me more than others. This love of science led me to study a degree in Biochemistry followed by a Chemical Engineering Masters. Even now there is so many new advances in science that are fascinating, from the development of new polymers that can be used for armour plating the human body to robotic arms that can be coordinated and controlled by paraplegic patients and I love relating these new discoveries to the students I teach. You never know in a few years maybe science will be so advanced that I'll be able to implant knowledge into students upon entry to my room. No-one knows what's coming and that's that fun of it!
Dr S. Mahay
I got my first degree in Physiology and Pharmacology and then a PhD in Physiology and have a passion for teaching science to all age groups. I like my subject as it reveals to us how the world around us works and its only by understanding this that we can potentially change it. I love all the sciences, but I am particularly fascinated with biology as it is the study of living organisms. I enjoy exploring scientific concepts using media and technology with my pupils and always look to develop independent thinkers and able scientist.
Miss M. Hodgson
BSc Joint Hons Mathematics and Physics – University of Warwick
At school my favourite subjects were always maths and science. Unsure of what subject to focus on, I chose all 3 sciences at A-level as well as maths. I have always been interested in how the world works and the combination of these two subject allowed me to study the scientific processes more deeply. My passion for Physics naturally led me into wanting to teach this subject, showing students how Physics can so completely describe the natural processes of the whole universe. Outside of teaching my favourite hobby is scuba diving which I am now a qualified instructor in. I am currently learning to surf and play guitar!
Miss E. Hand
Teacher of Science
I have a very curious mind and science is the perfect way for me to explore this!
My love for science started in a small, rural secondary school. After graduating from the University of Stirling, with a degree in Biology, I decided to pass on my curiosity and love for science by teaching.
I would like to encourage exploration across the science curriculum and grow the minds of our future!
Mrs N. Sultan
Second in Science | BSc Biomedical Science- University of Lancashire; PGCE-university Of Leeds
I have had a passion for Science ever since I started High School, where I had a fantastic teacher!! I love creating a sense of excitement, it is something I am passionate about. I have many favourite topics in Science so it is difficult to choose one as my favourite, but the one I enjoy teaching the most is pathogens and disease. The way our body defends itself against those foreign bodies to protect us on a daily basis, its fascinating. My passion lies in Science and I thoroughly enjoy sharing that with the students at Accrington Academy.
Mr M. Mansell
The wonders of science and new discoveries continue to fascinate me and provide great ways to link our studies to the outside world. It is great for students to enjoy the practical nature of science and give them hands on experience in the lab. I believe this really puts theory into context for our students and will hopefully promote a love of science to last a lifetime!
Mr J. Scholes
BSc Marine Biology/Zoology – Bangor University, WalesI’ve always had an interest in the ocean and its organisms, so my love of science and biology comes from my passion for Marine Biology. I am particularly interested in the behaviour of sharks and how they interact with humans. Most of my hobbies involve being outdoors, I love scuba diving (you could have guessed that!) because it provides me with the skills I need to explore a unique place few people have the opportunity to see; I have dived up to 35m in the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt and seen all manner of creatures from octopus to sharks. At A-level I studied Biology, Chemistry and Geology, my teachers helped me achieve the best possible grades, which is why my favourite topic to teach is ecosystems; it combines all 3 of my A-level subject an often involves going outside!
Mr A. Hopkins
Double (Core and Additional) – 63% A*-C
BTEC – 96.6% Level 2 Pass +
We give the name scientist to the type of person who has felt experiment to be a means guiding them to search out the deep truth of life, lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and has felt arising within them a love for the mysteries of nature.Maria Montessori MD