Subject overview

The Science Department is the biggest department in the School with 14 specialist teachers, 3 specialist teaching assistants and 2 laboratory technicians based in 10 Science laboratories, 2 of which with student IT facilities.

In KS3 & KS4 students work in class sets that reflect ability and learning needs.

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used to ensure that students of all abilities enjoy and achieve in Science.

In KS5 we offer the opportunity to study 4 Sciences at A level and high numbers of JKHS Science students go on to study Sciences at university level.

  • Teaching Staff

    Mr F Smith – Head of Department, email:
    Mrs D Smith – Key Stage 4 Science Coordinator, email:
    Mrs K Elias – Key Stage 3 Science Coordinator, email:
    Mr M Burton – A Level Biology, Deputy Headteacher

    Mrs J Gwinnett – Biology
    Mrs B Parker – Biology
    Mrs J Walker – Biology
    Mrs C Cameron-Trevail – Biology/Chemistry
    Mr M Hobby – Chemistry
    Mrs M Knight – Chemistry
    Mr S Pinner – Chemistry

    Mr C Toomer – Physics
    Mr S Waters – Physics
    Mr J Deuchar – KS3 Science
    Mr D Green – A Level Geology

  • Support Staff

    Mrs S Hodges – Teaching Assistant (Sciences)
    Mrs K Powell – Teaching Assistant (Sciences)
    Mrs B Roberts – Teaching Assistant (Sciences)
    Mrs S Oliver – Senior Lab Technician
    Mr K Davies – Lab Technician

  • Key Stage 3

    Throughout Years 7-8 all students study a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Every student receives 7 lessons per timetable cycle. All students are assessed using written tests at regular intervals during the course. Topics will be taught to individual groups in rotations due to availability of resources.

    Year 7 study science using resources from the Activate scheme of work.

    Year 7 Topics Covered

    Acids and AlkalisBody systemsReactions
    ParticlesElementsSkills investigation

    Year 8 study science using resources from the Activate scheme of work.

    Year 8 Topics Covered

    Health and LifestyleSeparation Techniques
    Electricity and MagnetismMetals and Acids
    The Periodic TableThe Earth
    Ecosystem ProcessesMotion and Pressure
  • Key Stage 4

    We currently offer the following course of study in KS4

    Year 9 start their course of study with a foundation year studying aspects from the new AQA GCSE Combined Science course for first examination in 2018. Mock exams during Year 9 are used to decide on setting and tier of entry for years 10 and 11.

    Core plus Additional Science GCSE

    AQA Combined Science Trilogy (8464) is studied during Year 10. Mock exams during year 10 are used to assess progress and decide tier of entry for terminal examinations in year 11.

    Exam Board Syllabus for Core Science

    AQA Additional Science (4408)is studied during Year 11 with three separate examinations taken in the summer of Year 11 together with a controlled assessment ; each component being worth 25% of the final GCSE award.

  • Key Stage 5

    BIOLOGY (Edexcel)

    Biology is the study of all living things; how they work and how they interact with each other and their environment.  Biology is taught through a mixture of note taking, discussion, research, presentations and practical work.  The residential field course studying marine (seashore) ecology is a critical part of the study of Advanced Level Biology.

    Topics covered for AS:
    Topic 1: Biological Molecules
    Topic 2: Cells, viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
    Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
    Topic 4: Exchange and Transport

    Topics covered for A2:
    All of the topics aside, plus
    Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes
    Topic 6: Microbiology and Pathogens
    Topic 7: Modern Genetics
    Topic 8: Origins of Genetic Variation
    Topic 9: Control Systems
    Topic 10: Ecosystems

    A residential field course is an integral part of our delivery of this course. We study marine and seashore ecology around the Pembrokeshire coast for a week at the end of the spring term of year 12 and this covers elements of both the AS and A2 studies.

    The full specification can be found on the Edexcel website.

    CHEMISTRY (AQA 7404 and 7405)

    Year 12 
    2 written examinations both 1 hour 30 mins long:
    Paper 1: Inorganic Chemistry and relevant Physical Chemistry and Practical Skills.
    Paper 2: Organic Chemistry and relevant Physical Chemistry and Practical Skills.

    Year 13 
    3 exams all 2 hours long, covering Y12 and Y13 Chemistry:
    Paper 1: Inorganic Chemistry and relevant Physical Chemistry and Practical Skills
    Paper 2: Organic Chemistry and relevant Physical Chemistry and Practical Skills.
    Paper 3: All Practical Skills

    All students automatically enter AS exams at end of year 12.

    There is no longer a separate coursework or controlled assessment unit. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

    The full specification can be found on the AQA website

    OCR Physics A H156(AS level) H556 (A level)

    Physics is the study of everything – from sub atomic particles to the entire universe! It asks questions about how and why things behave as they do.

    Summary of modules studied:

    Module 1: Development of practical skills

    Module 2: Foundations of physics

    Module 3: Forces and motion

    Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

    Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics

    Module 6: Particles and medical physics


    Physics is examined at AS level by two written papers:

    1. Breadth in physics (1 hour 30 minutes, assesses modules 1-4)
    2. Depth in physics (1 hour 30 minutes, assesses modules 1-4)

    Physics is examined at A level by three written papers:

    1. Modelling physics (2 hours 15 minutes, assesses modules 1,2,3,5)
    2. Exploring physics (2 hours 15 minutes, assesses modules 1,2,4,6)
    3. Unified physics (1 hour 30 minutes, assesses modules 1-6)

    To pass physics at A level students must also pass the practical endorsement. This is a minimum of 12 practicals carried out and assessed by teachers during the two year A level course. It is reported separately on the A level certificate as a pass/fail result.

    The full specification can be found on the OCR website:


    Year 12 Study Units
    GL1 – Foundation Geology
    GL2a – Investigative Geology
    GL3 – Geology and The Human Environment

    Year 13 Study Units
    GL4 – Interpreting the Geological record
    GL5 – Geological Themes 1 & 4 (Quaternary Geology and Geology of the Lithosphere
    GL6 – Geological Investigations

    Residential Field Study is an integral part of the course with Field trips to the following locations.

    • Introduction to field Geology in the Lake District – 4 days in September of year 12
    • Preparation for GL2a Practical Geology, Pembrokeshire – 5 days in March of year 12
    • GL6 Mapping and data collection, Lulworth, Dorset – 4 days in October of year 13

    The full specification can be found on the WJEC website.