Chemistry lessons at Queen Elizabeth's School are styled to be enjoyable, fruitful occasions. We encourage discussion as an excellent means of elucidating relevant information. chemistryPractical work of course underpins learning in this subject, but thinking skills and the application of knowledge are also of great importance in the study of Chemistry. Within the department, the use of interactive whiteboards is encouraged and every student has his own textbook.

Chemistry is a very popular subject in the Sixth Form. Many boys pursue science-based courses at university (particularly medicine) and an enquiring mind is vital for success and enjoyment in such situations. Such characteristics are strongly promoted during lessons. We offer additional academic support through the Chemistry clinic held every Tuesday lunchtime.

We have an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities for senior boys. Outside speakers are invited to QE to discuss their research and interests. Boys from Years 9, 10 and 11 are offered a place in the Top of the Bench national competition. Year 12 boys are invited to the annual Daniell lecture at University College London. Year 12 pupils may also attend lecture days highlighting the importance of chemistry. In addition boys in Years 12 and 13 often attend the Friday lectures organised and held at UCL.

Each year, some Year 13 boys are entered for the annual UK Chemistry Olympiad, which can lead on to participation in the International Chemistry Olympiad. QE has a record of involvement and success in both the national and international competitions.  The Year 12 boys’ equivalent is the Cambridge Chemistry Competition (C3L6) which is held in the summer term of Year 12.  It has a very similar format to the Chemistry Olympiad but is tailored towards students who have sat AS Chemistry.

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