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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff


Mr I Cartwright

Teacher of Science
(Head of Department)

Mrs R Flanagan

Teacher of Science
(Second in Department)

Miss G Roser

Teacher of Science

Mr C Carter

Teacher of Science
Deputy  Headteacher

Ms P Patterson

Teacher of Science

Mr D Mohan

Teacher of Science

Mrs T Walker

Teacher of Science

Ms D Arrington

Teacher of Science

Miss K Morton

Teacher of Science

Miss N Grant

Teacher of Science

Miss M Christy

Senior Technician

Mrs T Colambage



  Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Intent

Our intention, when planning and delivering the science curriculum at SWR, is to foster and develop our pupils’ curiosity in the subject, whilst also helping them to fulfil their potential. Moreover, we aim to prepare our pupils for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. We intend learning in science to be through systematic investigations of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their lives that rely mainly on firsthand experiences, leading to them being equipped to answer scientific questions about the world around them


Key Stage 3

The 2 year  Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that pupils have developed at Key Stage 2. We follow a bespoke Scheme of Work throughout years 7 and 8 to prepare students for Key Stage 4, whilst sparking enthusiasm and developing practical skills. The topics covered will develop understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics as well as the investigative, analytical and communication skills that are vital for scientists at all stages of their work. We have an emphasis on developing knowledge through skills at Key Stage 3. Practicals are regular and in detail to ensure students go into Key Stage 4 with the confidence to tackle the 9-1 GCSE

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students follow a range of courses to suit their particular needs. We currently offer the following courses:

BTEC Health and Social Care
GCSE Combined science
GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

The GCSE combined and triple Science courses follow the AQA Scheme of Work for the new 9-1 graded curriculum. Students are assessed on their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a number of required practical’s.

Key Stage 5

We currently offer the following Post-16 courses:

A Level Biology
A Level Physics
BTEC Health and Social Care


At Sir William Ramsay School, we seek to extend students’ scientific knowledge at every opportunity and are committed to ensuring that all pupils get the best from their Science education. We have high expectations for all our pupils, both in work and behaviour.


Sir William Ramsay School Science Department is well resourced, and supported by dedicated staff and technicians. The Science Department can confidently deliver all the practical work that Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 demands, plus many other extra practical experiments.

Student Expectations

- Good attendance

- Complete homework and coursework on time

- Pen, pencil, ruler, scientific calculator for every lesson

- Ask for help/clarification when unsure

- A little bit of revision often

At Sir William Ramsay School, the safety of the pupils is extremely important. Each laboratory is equipped with aprons and safety goggles for all the students. In addition, each classroom teacher will also carry out a risk assessment for each lesson. Furthermore, Sir William Ramsay School’s Science department are affiliated to CLEAPSS which is an advisory service providing support in Science for local authorities and their schools. CLEAPSS specifically addresses:

  • health and safety including model risk assessments,
  • chemicals, living organisms, equipment,
  • sources of resources,
  • laboratory design, facilities and fittings,
  • technicians and their jobs.

After school clubs or Activities:

Key Stage Three Science Club (Years 7 and 8) runs every Wednesday from 3-4pm in C1


The current revision guides are available for sale in Science, purchased via Parentpay or one will be given to you through our Pupil Premium scheme if you qualify.

Years 7 & 8 - KS3 Revision Guide - CGP - ISBN 978-1841462301 

Years 9 - 11 - GCSE Triple Science - Separate Revision Guides

Biology - Oxford ISBN  978-0198359401 

Chemistry - Oxford - ISBN 978-0198359418  

Physics - Oxford - ISBN 978-0198359425 

Years 9 - 11 - GCSE Combined Science - Separate Revision Guides

Biology Trilogy - Oxford - ISBN 978-0198359302 

Chemistry Trilogy - Oxford - ISBN  978-0198359319 

Physics Trilogy - Oxford - ISBN 978-0198359326 (Key Stage 3 Science) (GCSE Science) (GCSE and A Level Science)  (GCSE Science, A Level Biology)  (A Level Physics A)

A number of Science teachers have channels on YouTube, which can be useful for parents/carers to find out more about what pupils are studying at GCSE, as well as an excellent revision tool for pupils.

The following are examples of these that we recommend: