The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers; he’s one who asks the right questions.

– Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964

Picture 032Our pupils receive science lessons which are divided into two lessons focusing on physical science (chemistry and physics) and two focusing on the natural science (biology). Scientists do not sit down and think of ideas to test; ideas come from observations, experiences, needs and the interaction with colleagues and this is at the core of our teaching.

Throughout their seven years with us our pupils are involved in:

Experiments and practical observational work

Class discussion

Group and individual work

Teacher demonstrations

Studying written evidence and audio visual material

Visits to places of scientific interest

Lectures and demonstrations by guest lecturers

This range of approaches allows us to ensure that our pupils develop the qualities we most want to encourage, in particular the desire to independently find the answers to their own questions.