Mrs. S Philpott

Director of Science

Mr. D Robins
Mr. S Baker
Mrs. S Philpott
Mrs. G Enti
Mrs. B Tillotson
Mr. R Wade
Mrs. V Barrett
Mr. T Brimmicombe

Department Vision

The Abbey School Science Department aims to ensure every child is able to understand and critically evaluate any scientific problem they may be faced with in an ever-changing, modern world. We strive to provide students with the ability to make their own decisions about the ethical and moral dilemmas facing society today. Through the courses that we offer, we seek to provide an inspiring range of experiences to nurture our students' naturally inquisitive nature. 

Key Stage 3

Students follow a 2 year Key Stage 3 course which is divided into a range of topics covering the Physics, Chemistry and Biology aspects of the national Curriculum for Science. Students study the Collins KS3 (11-14) Science course over two years. These has 18 units which are assessed online or with short unit tests. There is a large emphasis on pupils gaining scientific skills to use in Keystage 4.

Students are set 1 homework of between 30 and 45 minutes per week and is online using the Collins Connect website or work from teachers.

Key Stage 4

All students now follow the new Collins Trilogy 9-1 GCSE course that is worth 2 GCSE’s. This covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is assessed in year 11 with 6 x 1¼ hour exams. Students will experience the 21 required practicals over the 3 years and have regular assessments to show their progress. Revision guides and workbooks are available and staff run after school sessions for pupils for pupils seeking to improve their grades.

Homework is set online and is based on GCSE exam questions. It is set every week and should take between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Keystage 5

A level biology is offered at Keystage 5 and follows the AQA course. It is a two year course and is examined solely in year 13.

Pupils are encouraged to talk to their teachers about their work and support is available every break and lunchtime. For further information please contact Mrs Philpott or Mr Robins.

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