Steyning Grammar School has a large flourishing Science Department. We have 17 laboratories and have a strong practical ethos in our teaching. We aim to make our lessons fun and encourage students to have a life long passion for science. We believe that an understanding of science is important to understand some of the biggest questions facing society today.
We cover Key Stage 3 with an emphasis on the ‘Big Ideas’ in Science. We cover short topics that increase in demand throughout Year 7 and 8. We try, wherever possible, to include practical and investigative work in the lessons and students are encouraged to think independently from their teacher using challenging activities. Pupils’ progress is assessed using home learning tasks and tests set throughout Year 7 and 8.
In Year 9, almost all students follow a bespoke 2 term curriculum focusing on developing the key scientific skills needed for success at GCSE. The GCSE curriculum commences in the summer term of Year 9 and all students begin by following the AQA Combined Science Course (Trilogy). Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately and students sit separate exams but their qualification leads to 2 GCSE’s which is an average of the results of all their exam results across the sciences. After The Year 10 trial exams, a number of students will be chosen to go on study separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For further information look at the following specification links:
We also offer a Level 2 BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care at KS4 Science. Students on this course have a dedicated computer room and make use of some state of the art equipment to monitor the body. The course is assessed by two internally assessed written assignments and an external exam. For further information look at the following specification link:
We are pleased that A-Level Sciences are flourishing at Steyning. We currently offer 5 A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Physics and Psychology alongside Level 3 BTECs in Applied Science and Health and Social Care. All are well supported by students with our student numbers continuing to grow in these courses. We believe this is due to good teaching lower down the school and the excellent results that we achieve at A-Level. To see details of our courses, please refer to the Sixth Form College section or look at the specification links below: