QEGS is a high-performance specialist science school and a significant proportion of our students go on to study science subjects at university – meet the teachers.
In Year 7 science is taught as a combined subject which is separated into biology, chemistry and physics in Year 8 onwards.
Younger students can also join the science club which combines the three sciences. In GCSE there are five sets; the top three sets take three separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics and the other two sets take a science trilogy which leads to two GCSE grades. Biology, chemistry, physics and geology are available options at A Level.
At GCSE level pupils take part in the Biology Challenge Competition. A high number of students opt to study biology at A Level which we encourage with the combination of chemistry and/or maths due to new biochemical and mathematical demands of the course. Advanced A-Level students take the Intermediate and Senior British Biology Olympiad examinations, as run by the Royal Society for Biology. Our students are also encouraged to participate in national biological surveys and attend university public lectures.
There is a weekly lunchtime “Biology Clinic” for Year 7-11 and lunchtime support sessions for A-Level students. Sixth form students also provide mentorship roles to younger students.
Chemistry is a practical subject that coordinates with the other two sciences, it incorporates problem solving, data collection, analysis and evaluation from atmospheric and environmental chemistry to the structure and function of proteins and DNA. After GCSE many students continue to study chemistry at A Level. Staff are available at lunchtime to offer additional support and Sixth form students also provide mentorship roles to younger students.
Each year a team of Year 8 pupils take part one of the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry events. This provides an opportunity for our students to gain experience of working in a modern, well-equipped University laboratory. Year 11 students also visit the Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge to participate in a range of lectures.
A popular subject in GCSE when studying as a standalone subject or as a science trilogy and A Level, which includes 12 standard experiments that students are assessed on. Support sessions are run by staff and Sixth Form students every Thursday lunchtime for Year 7-11. Sixth Form students teach themselves, a vital skill needed for study at university, but are monitored closely and there is a six-inch refractor telescope that students can take home and use.
Year 11 have a trip to the Cavendish laboratories in Cambridge, to get students to think about applying for Physics at university.
Encapsulating all scientific aspects of planet Earth from unravelling the dynamic explosive activity of volcanic eruptions to piecing together the evolution of the billions of lifeforms that have inhabited our world. The content is applied in nature, covering areas such as hydrocarbon and mineral exploration. Available only at Sixth Form the subject attracts considerable interest.
Support is offered during most lunchtime sessions and the department has links with two local geoscience consultancies, Badley Ashton & Assoc. Ltd. and Badley Geoscience Ltd. Both companies have been supportive in terms of both resources and work experience placements.
There is currently a three-day fieldtrip to the Yorkshire coast and two day trips to local geology and to Castleton in the Peak District, an area of outstanding geological interest. Students are also encouraged to bring in their own collections and ‘finds’. The Department has its own seismometer (donated by the British Geological Society that is capable of recording earthquakes of magnitude 6 or higher anywhere in the world – we have picked up a number from Japan!