Science (KS3 and GCSE)

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate subjects from the start of Senior 1 by highly experienced and specialist teachers to ensure our pupils have an excellent grounding in these three individual subjects and can proceed with confidence to their public examination courses.

All girls study the three sciences at GCSE with each Science taught discretely. Some girls will sit papers leading to the 'Trilogy' qualification (equivalent to the old 'dual award' i.e. two GCSEs) and some girls can gain three GCSEs by studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. The girls are divided into sets and are entered for the qualification and level which is appropriate for their ability.

A Level Science subjects are open to all girls who achieve a good grade, regardless of whether they have gained separate Sciences or Trilogy at GCSE. It is advisable that students who wish to study any sciences at A level are competent in Mathematics.

Each year we run a Science Week when the girls engage in stimulating activities designed to enhance their appreciation of the wider applications of science. Recent activities have included a lecture on toxicology and a Brain Blaster day run by the Happy Puzzle Company. Girls can take part in a number of science related extra-curricular activities, such as Eco Club and Super Sassy Science Squad.

Our environment is important to us and we are proud to support an Eco-Squad with the school maintaining its Ambassador status as an Eco-School.  We offer opportunities for leadership with our enthusiastic Science Prefects running various activities and Eco Club.  They produce excellent presentations for the whole school which continue to inspire our pupils to value and conserve their environment for future generations.

Over the years, many of our students have pursued university courses including Biology, Zoology, Genetics, Sports Science, Biomedical Studies, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine/Science.  In recent years our A level students have gone on to study a wide range of  Science courses at University with two gaining places at Cambridge for Natural Sciences and one for Medicine at Edinburgh.