The Science Department aims to ensure that every pupil at JHN is able to reach their full potential in this core subject. Science is constantly changing and in order to meet every pupil’s needs we offer a range of courses. Our aim is that every pupil is able to understand the science that is necessary in today’s ever changing world. Pupils are encouraged to question and investigate.

The department consists of a variety of different specialist teachers, and comprises 13 members of staff, both full and part time. There are 12 specialised class rooms, all with projectors and some with interactive whiteboards. In addition, we have two sets of laptops that can be used by pupils within the department.


Pupils in Year 7 are taught in form groups which are mixed ability groups and are then placed in sets for Year 8. These sets are organised within 2 bands with 4 sets in each band. The scheme of work follows the Exploring Science - Working scientifically series published by Pearson so that pupils have all the Science skills required in order to start their GCSE courses. Pupils have six hours of Science teaching a fortnight throughout the Key Stage.

Steps of Progress

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GCSE pupils follow the AQA Science courses. Most pupils will take Combined Science: Trilogy (8464).  Some pupils will opt to follow the Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463) GCSE courses offered by AQA.   Examinations for all courses will be sat at the end of Year 11. 

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At Key Stage 5 the Biologists follow the Edexcel Biology B (9BIO) course.  This course teaches the biological content in a wide range of areas such as genetics, biodiversity, ecology and immunology.  It spans 10 topics and is examined with three written papers at the end of a student’s study. Alongside their studies the students complete 16 core practicals that are written up in a Practical Log book and are examined in the written papers where appropriate.

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At Key Stage 5 the Chemists follow the OCR Chemistry B (Salters) (H433).

Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, with students studying a series of units based on contemporary issues in chemistry. Students study the chemistry in a spiral way so that chemical ideas, introduced in an early topic, are reinforced later on.

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At Key Stage 5, Physicists are given the opportunity to further their academic knowledge of the world that surrounds them. They follow the content led approach of the OCR Physics A specification (H556). As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. For Alevel only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.

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From September 2016 Year 12 students will study the new BTEC Nationals in Applied Science course which has been redesigned from its original model.  The course can be studied at Extended Certificate (Single) or Diploma (Double) level and consists of approximately 50% internal assessment; the remaining 50% of the course will be externally assessed with formal written exams (for all students) and an exam board-devised task (only for those students taking the Diploma). 

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Year 13 students are continuing with the legacy BTEC Nationals in Applied Science.  This course consists of 100% internal assessment.

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