Ms L Elias – Head of Department
Mrs R Robson – Deputy Head of Department (KS4)
Miss E Seller – Deputy Head of Department (KS3)
Dr C Casson – Teacher
Mr S Clark – Teacher
Mr M Finch – Teacher
Dr D Hardwick – Teacher
Ms T Ingamells – Teacher (KS3 Assistant)
Dr L Rayment – 6th Form Bursary Lead and KS5 Lead
Mr K Routledge – Teacher
Dr J Spence – Teacher (on maternity)
Miss V Berry – Teacher
Mrs B Lynch – Teacher
Mr D Bowman – Teacher
Mr J Richards – Teacher
Mr J Jerrome – Head of Year 9
Dr M Parker – Head of Year 11
Dr R Balster – Teacher
Mrs Q Carter – Lead Technician
Ms A Francklin – Technician
Ms P Intek – Technician

The Science department at Cheney School has a focus on enquiry work at all stages of the curriculum and on students engaging with scientific contexts and understanding the scientific method. We ensure practical work is at the heart of what we do, and that students are motivated and challenged in lessons.

The department is staffed with excellent teachers who are supported by technicians. This is a very exciting year for science as we have moved into our new science building. We now have four modern full laboratories and three modern science studios in addition to our existing seven rooms.

All students take science until the end of Year 11 and we have enjoyed some exceptional results over the past three years. In 2015/2016 59% of our students achieved 2A*-C in the sciences. We offer both Separate and Combined Science at KS4, and traditional A levels are supported by BTECs in Applied Sciences at KS5. Over 170 students study science in the sixth form and our results are improving year on year.

The department is committed to extending the opportunities offered to our students and we run numerous trips. Our Sixth Form visit the Arboretum, take part in Open Days at the universities and our Physics students visit CERN each year. Lower down the school we visit museums, science conferences, the Big Bang show, take part in RSC/IoP/IoB events and competitions and have a well-attended STEM and science club.


A range of topics are covered in Key Stage 3 Science, and students are taught in mixed ability groups or option groups. The classes in each year follow different rotations due to equipment demands but the topics that are covered are as follows:

In Year 7 students study cells and organisation, skeletal and muscular systems, reproduction, acids and alkalis, chemical reactions, pure and impure substances, energy, light, forces, motion and space physics.

In Year 8 students study nutrition, digestion, respiration, health and disease, ecosystems, the periodic table, rocks, our earth and atmosphere, heating and cooling, particles, waves and magnetism.

In Year 9 students study photosynthesis, gas exchange systems, genetics, evolution, metals, reactivity and chemical reactions, forces, pressure, moments, energy and electricity.

Once students have finished the Key Stage 3 content in Year 9 they move on to studying for their GCSEs. Students who have made limited progress through out Key Stage 3 are supported in Year 9 by the completion of the Entry Level Certificate – a Level 1 course that reviews the basics of science and prepares them for a successful start to GCSE.


Each half term students complete a written assessment on what they have studied. This includes assessing both their understanding of the topic content covered and the scientific skills they have studied. Pupils will be given feedback on these assessments so they know how to keep improving.


Students study the programme of study from the National Curriculum through studying for either GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics – obtaining two or three GCSEs at the end of Year 11. Students either opt for separate sciences through the options process or are in mixed ability classes throughout Y9, 10 and 11.

The course covers a wide range of subjects in all three sciences. The biology section looks at cells, immunity, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, and ecology. The chemistry aspect covers fundamental ideas about atoms and reactions, energy changes, organic chemistry, chemical analysis and the chemistry of the atmosphere. The physics component looks at forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism.


The courses on offer are:
A level Biology
A level Chemistry
A level Physics
BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care
BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
A Level Biology

Students learn about life and living organisms through the study of biological molecules, cells, exchange and transport, respiration, co-ordination, genetics, evolution and more! Practical skills are built upon in twelve required practicals over the two year course. Along with an A-level qualification students work towards gaining a practical endorsement.


Students learn about elements and their compounds, through the study of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Modules include atomic structure, energetics, organic reactions and spectroscopy. Practical skills are assessed continuously against criteria given by the exam board.


At A-Level, students study Particle Physics, Mechanics, Waves and Electricity. The second year of the course builds on the knowledge and skills achieved earlier and investigates Thermal Physics, Fields and Radioactivity. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and there are six assessed practicals throughout each year.


BTEC level 3 Health and Social Care is a new course now being offered by Cheney School. It is assessed through a variety of units, both internally and externally. These units cover a range of topics such as human lifespan development, working in health and social care and meeting individual care and support needs. All of these units link to real life situations in health and social care settings.


Students undertake a continuously assessed qualification in which science is taught in a work based context. Topics covered incorporate material from AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics with analytical and investigative practical skills. In Year 13 students study optional modules from a wide range of subjects.


Students study the three sciences in vocational settings, with a focus on practical skills and techniques as well as more traditional material related to the AS course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The course is assessed through a mixture of internal assessment of practical skills and report writing, and through external examinations. In addition the diploma uses portfolio work and assignments to award 20% of the overall mark. It is possible to take the course as a single subject (extended certification/equivalent to 1 A level) or a double subject (diploma/equivalent to 2 A levels).

More details on the course can be found here:

Extended certification