• To provide a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils at all levels.
  • To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to equip all students for further studies requiring a scientific background.
  • Develop safe experimental and investigative abilities.
  • Encourage effective communication and social skills in working with others.
  • To acquire a systematic body of Chemical knowledge, including the uses and limitations of Chemistry.
  • Develop an understanding of technological, economic, environmental, social and ethical applications / implications of chemical processes as well prepared citizens in a scientific and technological world.


Students should be able to:

  • Make use of existing scientific knowledge and ideas where appropriate (e.g. on transferring from junior school).
  • Understand, recall and apply the knowledge set out in the syllabus for each year group and be well prepared to meet the demands of external examination boards.
  • Communicate chemical observations, ideas and arguments, using a range of scientific terms and vocabulary, both orally and in writing.
  • Solve qualitative and quantitative problems where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a range of practical skills including:
  • Following a detailed set of instructions
  • Selection and use of chemical apparatus with confidence
  • Devising fair tests when working with several variables
  • Observation, recording and manipulation of results
  • Concluding and evaluating including suggesting improvements.
  • Develop a degree of responsibility for their own learning.
  • Be aware of Health and Safety implications for themselves and others.
  • Have the opportunity for the use of I.C.T. as a source of information and as a tool in the collection and processing of results.


Key Stage 3

This course has been developed to provide support to teachers in planning and delivering exciting, engaging and effective lessons. The overarching priorities have been to:

  • Ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum Programme of Study have been responded to
  • Support teachers in teaching lessons in which students make good progress and are on track to achieve well at the end of KS4
  • Offer ways of tracking, reporting on and responding to progress given the move away from levels in the National Curriculum
  • Enable schools to select the period of time they decide to devote to KS3 before starting on KS4 courses
  • Address the need to challenge and engage students working at different levels of attainment
  • Focus on the development of skills and processes as well as content
  • Provide teachers with clear guidance as to how learning can be managed during the lesson, from initial engagement to consolidation and application.

Key Stage 4

From Year 9, a mixture of Key Stage 3 and GCSE work is covered in line with school policy. The GCSE work covered in Year 9 is from the AQA GCSE (2016) specification. In Year 10, the majority continue with AQA Trilogy Science. However, a small cohort of the most-able will follow the new AQA GCSE separate Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Practical Skills

These are assessed by the teacher during lessons. If a student passes it will be reported on the certificate. Otherwise not. Practical questions also appear on the written examinations. We do lots of practical work.


Text Books

7 Key Stage 3, Student book 1 Askey, Baxter, Berry, Dower Collins
8 Key Stage 3, Student book 2 Baxter, Berry, Dower, Pilling Collins
9 Key Stage 3, Student book 3

On-line Kerboodle access

Baxter, Berry, Dower, Gadd, Pilling


10 AQA Chemistry Third Edition

On-line Kerboodle access

Ryan and Peacock Oxford
11 IGCSE On-line Kerboodle access


A selection of text books are also available for the pupils in the school library.
A selection of reference books are available for staff in the H.O.D room.

C3 is a small laboratory and is mainly used for 6th form groups or small groups in other years
Laboratories C1, C4 and C5 are larger and can be used with any year group.
C1 was refurbished in 1999 and the refurbishment of C4 was completed in 2004.
C6 is used by students for Directed Learning sessions and for after school revision.
The Chemistry Lecture Theatre, C2, has a demonstration bench and was refurbished in 2008.
A general ICT suite (ICT 1), is also available (but this is a whole school resource and requires booking in advance).
2 preparation rooms (one for Years 10/11 & A level and one for years 7 – 9).
1 staff room, 1 H.O.D. room.
1 flammable liquids store
1 equipment storage area.


  • Year 8 Salters’ Competition entered at Bradford (2nd place, 2016 & 3rd place 2017)
  • ChemQuiz (mixed Year groups)
  • Flash Bang (Year 10)


  • Year 8 Chemistry Club in preparation for Salters
  • Year 11 AQA Revision (Mondays after school in C2)
  • Year 10/11 Drop in Clinic (Monday lunchtime in C6)
  • KS3 Drop in Clinic (Thursday lunchtime in C6)
  • Year 9 Intervention (Thursday lunchtime in C6)
  • Chemistry Olympiad


Dr ZM Saunders
Joint Head of Science