Head of Learning
Subject Teachers

Dr K Sutton, Director of Science

Mr A MacFarlane


Mr B Oyewole


Mr B Lillicrap


Miss Z Pettipher


Mr S Brock


Mr T Bond


Mrs S Priest


Mr A Wren

  Miss L Humphreys


Department Vision

The Abbey School Science department believes that students should ‘be the best that they can be’ and in order to achieve this, we created a curriculum which is robust with high quality content, ambitious and knowledge rich and contributes to the development of competence of pupils, promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all, and gives opportunity for their personal, social, physical, cognitive, moral, psychological and emotional development. The curriculum aims to support and challenge students of all abilities whilst ensuring students make adequate progress, enjoy the subject and build confidence as they progress through their learning journey.

Promoting scientific culture and a better understanding of the role of science and technology in the world, is very important amongst our youngest people. Science teaches pupils to be able to explain the material world and ‘develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena’.

By learning about the practices of science, pupils learn how scientific knowledge becomes established through scientific enquiry. By learning this, pupils appreciate the nature and status of scientific knowledge.

As pupils learn science, they also learn about its uses and significance to society and their own lives. This will highlight the significant contribution science has made in the past, namely, the eradication of smallpox, discovery of penicillin and the management of the recent Covid pandemic. Pupils will also learn about the continuing importance of science in solving global challenges such as climate change, food availability, controlling disease and access to water.

Our science education also provides the foundation for a range of diverse and valuable careers in science and build science capita from engaging with STEM activities throughout a pupil’s journey at the Abbey School.

By the end of the students’ journey at The Abbey School, Science will enable the students to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and understanding through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Students understand the major role science plays in everyday life.
  • Develop and learn to apply observational, inferential, practical and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments.
  • Develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Learn the various routes involved in pursuing a career in science.


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