A successful Poly Scientist would be able to safely conduct a range of experiments to investigate many scientific concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They would be able to interpret a range of evidence, including observations and data, to come to valid conclusions. They would have a broad understanding of some key areas of science relevant to today. They would also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of techniques and discuss the social, economic and technological consequences of their use. Most importantly, a successful Poly Scientist would develop a natural curiosity of the world around them and strive to always improve themselves.

Science teaching team

Mr P Tweedale – Head of Department
Ms S Masoud – Head of Department
Ms L Kalicharan – Assistant Headteacher/Head of Psychology
Dr C Isamah – Head of Biology
Ms H Panesar – Head of Chemistry
Mr B Smith – Head of Vocational Science
Ms S Rasul
Ms J Simm
Ms L Rivers
Mr H Ibrahim
Dr H Nicholls
Ms J Liasu – Head of Year 11
Mr M Arfan
Ms P MacDonagh – Deputy Head of Year 10
Mr R Ali
Ms R Panesar – NQT Coordinator and AST
Mr R Kumar – PGCE Mentor for Science


Key stage 3


Support materials and useful links


Key stage 4


AQA GCSE Combined Science/AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Most students will sit the AQA Combined Science with the top students sitting AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics.



Combined Sciences: 6x 75 minute paper, 2 per subject
Separate Sciences: 6x 105 minute paper, 2 per subject


Support materials and useful links


Department Info


Any specialist equipment required?

Students should bring scientific calculators to all lessons. Students should also have revision guides that can be purchased from the school via Wisepay.


Enrichment opportunities

STEM Week activities
Clubs or Interventions


Future careers/uni courses.

Chemist; engineer; marine biologist; analytical chemist; animal technician; biomedical engineer; biomedical scientist; clinical psychologist; environmental health practitioner; food technologist; forensic scientist; healthcare scientist, immunology; hospital pharmacist; meteorologist; microbiologist; nanotechnologist; pharmacologist; geneticist; research scientist; science writer; laboratory technician; toxicologist; water quality scientist.


Social, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and British Values

Science is using evidence to make sense of the world. It has the ability to make us feel both enormously insignificant (compared to the scale of the visible universe) and enormously significant (we are genetically unique). It helps us understand our relationship with the world around us (how the physical world behaves, the interdependence of all living things).

Medical ethics is often discussed as projects or in lessons. Whether it is the ethics behind certain medical treatments, the environmental impact of industry, or how government funding is allocated to scientific projects; moral decisions are an important aspect of Science.

Sharing ideas, data, and results (for further testing and development by others) is a key principle of the scientific method. We encourage pupils to work together on scientific investigations and to share results (to improve reliability). Science has a major impact on the quality of our lives. In Science lessons, pupils consider the social impact (both positive and negative) of science and technology.

In Science lessons, we explore and celebrate research and developments that take place in many different cultures, both past and present. We explore how scientific discoveries have shaped the, beliefs, cultures and politics of the modern world.


Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum, please contact Mr Tweedale:  

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