Science KS3 & GCSE

At Queen Elizabeth’s School during Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), the Science Department places great emphasis on establishing a suitable learning environment, ensuring that boys can both learn effectively and at the same time enjoy the subject.  We are focussing on establishing within the boys the skills required to undertake high level scientific thinking.

Science KS3ICT is incorporated into all the Department’s teaching schemes, with interactive whiteboards being used with various pieces of software. Our scheme of work is written to be both academically rigorous and also with the aim of improving scientific skills.  Every student has his own textbook.

We encourage extra-curricular interest in the subject through our many different Science Clubs, which take place once a week for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9.

In Years 9 and 10, all pupils will follow a common GCSE course in all three Science subjects.  From the start of Year 11, the boys will follow a course that leads either to the award of two GCSE grades (Double Science) or three GCSE grades (Separate Sciences). Whichever course they follow, they will continue to study all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), the only difference being whether they are awarded two or three GCSE grades at the end of the course. The route taken by each pupil in Year 11 is determined by their average mark in the summer examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the end of Year 10.


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03/10/2017 - QE in top ten nationally for STEM

Queen Elizabeth’s School has been named one of the top schools for the STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – in a new league table which also confirms it as the country’s leading school for overall A-level performance.


03/07/2017 - Who killed the Headmaster? Visiting primary school children turn sleuth

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15/06/2017 - Devoted to geology

Having built a successful career in geology, Nicholas Holgate is now devoting himself to spreading the word about the subject among the rising generations.