Welcome to the Science page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

The overall aim of the Science Faculty is to maximise each individual pupil's progress in their understanding of scientific concepts and their applications in the real world. We hope to help pupils gain the confidence to thrive in a society that is increasingly dependent on the application of science and technology. We acknowledge that many careers involve the skills and knowledge that science can provide.

The Faculty aims to provide a caring and safe environment in which pupils can develop key skills including logical thinking, problem solving, practical skills and resilience while drawing on and supporting other areas of experience both within and outside of Healing School.

To challenge our pupils we usually enter all of set 1, 2 & 3 pupils for the three separate GCSE sciences at the end of Year 11. This is to provide the best possible grounding for a future career that involves science at a higher level of understanding.

Key Stage 3

What will our pupils study?

Pupils in year 7 and 8 are following the KS3 AQA syllabus for science, incorporating the best aspects of a number of commercial "packages".

In years 7 and 8 pupils have 3 one hour Science lessons a week, with the same teacher. Initially pupils in year 7 are taught in their teaching groups but then are set by ability in Science in January of year 7 after all pupils complete the first set of assessments. Sets are reviewed throughout KS3 each time all pupils have completed the same units of work.

Year 7 Curriculum Information

Year 8 Curriculum Information

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 7 and 8 are assessed internally by end of unit tests and an end of year exam in year 8. There is a baseline assessment early in year 7 to inform teachers of the strengths and weaknesses of their group and the pupils within it.

Report grades are based on numerical levels from 1 to 7 in line with the former national curriculum.

Key Stage 4

What will our pupils study?

Pupils have a one hour Science lesson every day and are taught in 8 sets.

The courses currently offered are all GCSEs from the AQA exam board with the specification code in brackets ()

  • Sets 1 - 3 will study GCSE Biology (8461), GCSE Chemistry (8462) and GCSE Physics (8463).

  • Sets 4 - 8 will study GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464 – double award - 2 GCSEs).

Pupils are usually taught in rotation by specialist teachers.

Year 9 Curriculum Information

Year 10 Curriculum Information

Year 11 Curriculum Information

How will our pupils be assessed?

Internally, we regularly assess pupils with 45 minute end of unit tests, a paper 1 mock towards the end of year 10 and paper 2 mock exams during year 11 in the relevant subjects.

Pupils also need to carry out the following external assessments.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs:

  • 2 papers for each of the three GCSE subjects at the end of year 11. Each paper will be 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Combined Science:

  • 6 papers at the end of year 11 split into 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics papers. Each exam will be 1 hour 15 minutes long.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - Science

2 or more Science A* - C Grades

2 or more GCSEs 4+ "standard" pass

2 or more GCSEs 5+ "strong" pass


Key Stage 4 Results - Progress

Expected Progress -2017


Better than Expected Progress - 2017


Expected Progress -2018


Better than Expected Progress - 2018


Expected Progress -2019


Better than Expected Progress - 2019


What can it lead to?

Science is useful in all occupations and is desirable for the majority of college courses and apprenticeships. Occupations where Science is essential include:

  • Medicine and all related careers
  • Alternative energy generation
  • Veterinary Science
  • Engineering
  • Health and Beauty
  • Teaching

Accommodation & Resources

The Faculty has eight laboratories. All laboratories are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and dry wipe marker boards; one of them contains a suite of computers. All the teachers have access to a class set of laptops and a further set of iPads to aid with teaching and learning. The Faculty has three preparation rooms, staffed by a full time senior technician, assisted by a part time technician.

Teachers have access to a shared network drive, where best practice, resources and schemes of work are shared. Pupils can access files via Google Classroom and the pupil drive which is increasingly being used to develop a bank of useful resources and revision materials that pupils can access from home. Pupils are encouraged to purchase revision guides during year 10 to help with their revision and preparation for the mock examinations.

Several teachers are proud that they are able to relate their teaching to previous careers, including pharmacy, product development and pathology.

We are continually developing a science garden, which is not only a resource for teaching, but a stimulus for competitions, a gardening club and curiosity for pupils and staff alike.


Pupils progress well in Science and enjoy practical aspects of the subject. Many of our pupils go onto further study in Science and Science related careers.

Teachers are passionate about their subjects and hope that this will capture the interest of all pupils through high quality teaching and a range of extra-curricular activities. 

We will continue to develop best practice and strive for improvements in progress and achievement for all pupils.