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2017,2016 and 2015 Results

YearGCSEUGFEDCBTotal
2017Science100271011
2016003221210
2015013511011

FFT data for 2017 (pupil progress +1.12 average pts score above national average) and 2016 (pupil progress +1.42 average pts score above national average) indicates that pupil progress was significantly above national average with all except one pupil attaining at or above their Upper Quartile targets. FFT data for 2015 indicates pupil progress was above national average. On average between the years 2015-2017 the average point score for pupil progress is +0.94.

YearGCSEU123Total
2017Science378624
20160148325
20150910221

At Entry Level greater number of students attaining EL3.

Science Faculty Overview

The Science faculty at Queensbury is a progressive department with a focus on active student learning; in which staff have high expectations of themselves, each other and our students. We believe that student’s lives can be enriched by a knowledge and understanding of science. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Pupils recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. We are keen to share our enthusiasm for science, for our students to enjoy science, to engage with science, to develop a deep understanding of the contentious and ethical science issues that face us every day.

Organisation

Students at KS3 have 2 double lessons of Science at years 7 and 8 per week. At year 9 our students begin working towards either GCSE (OCR J250) or an Entry Level (OCR R591) and receive 4 double lessons per week. At KS4 students are working towards GCSE or Entry Level and receive 4 double lessons per week.

Students are grouped into sets. At KS3, learning is closely matched to the New 2014 National Curriculum and set 1 groups study a specific scheme to prepare them for GCSE’s whilst sets 2 and 3 study a curriculum preparing them for Entry Level. At KS4 set 1 groups study towards GCSE examinations whilst sets 2 and 3 study for an Entry Level in science. Within the faculty we emphasise the importance of independent learning and as a result we provide our GCSE students with revision materials, workbooks and various ICT resources to enable them to accelerate their own learning.

 All students are regularly assessed in various ways against learning strands and data is recorded using our assessment system, Classroom Monitor.

Pupils will study a range of units centred on Biology, Chemistry and Physics to enable them to appreciate the wider aspects of science. Pupils also practice a range of investigational and experimental skills and techniques which aims to bring science within the grasp of all our students. Popular units of study include Structure and function of body systems, Separating materials and Light among others, where pupils will practice various skills such as filtration, distillation, reflection, refraction and dispersion. Students particularly enjoy the reactivity of alkali metals with water and food tests for carbohydrate, fat, sugar and protein.

Earlier this year, year 10 students visited RSA Cosford to embed some of their science and maths learning to real life context.