The next Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 26 September between 5pm and 9pm 

Main School Open Day will be held on Saturday 7 October between 9.30am and 1.30pm

There is no need to book a place - just arrive on the day and allow enough time to look around!





• To provide a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils at all levels.
• To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to equip all students for further studies requiring a scientific background.
• Develop safe experimental and investigative abilities.
• Encourage effective communication and social skills in working with others.
• To acquire a systematic body of Chemical knowledge, including the uses and limitations of Chemistry.
• Develop an understanding of technological, economic, environmental, social and ethical applications / implications of chemical processes as well prepared citizens in a scientific and technological world.

Students should be able to:
• Make use of existing scientific knowledge and ideas where appropriate (e.g. on transferring from junior school).
• Understand, recall and apply the knowledge set out in the syllabus for each year group and be well prepared to meet the demands of external examination boards.
• Communicate chemical observations, ideas and arguments, using a range of scientific terms and vocabulary, both orally and in writing.
• Solve qualitative and quantitative problems where appropriate.
• Demonstrate a range of practical skills including:
• following a detailed set of instructions
• selection and use of chemical apparatus with confidence
• devising fair tests when working with several variables
• observation, recording and manipulation of results
• concluding and evaluating including suggesting improvements.
• Develop a degree of responsibility for their own learning.
• Be aware of Health and Safety implications for themselves and others.
• Have the opportunity for the use of I.C.T. as a source of information and as a tool in the collection and processing of results.


Purpose of the Collins Key Stage 3 Science course
This course has been developed to provide support to teachers in planning and delivering exciting, engaging and effective lessons. The overarching priorities have been to:
• ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum Programme of Study have been responded to
• support teachers in teaching lessons in which students make good progress and are on track to achieve well at the end of KS4
• offer ways of tracking, reporting on and responding to progress given the move away from levels in the National Curriculum
• enable schools to select the period of time they decide to devote to KS3 before starting on KS4 courses
• address the need to challenge and engage students working at different levels of attainment
• focus on the development of skills and processes as well as content
• provide teachers with clear guidance as to how learning can be managed during the lesson, from initial engagement to consolidation and application.

Key Stage 4
From Year 9, a mixture of Key Stage 3 and GCSE work is covered in line with school policy. The GCSE work covered in Year 9 is from the AQA GCSE (2016) specification. This is a recent change from the existing Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry Syllabus. In Year 10, the majority opt to continue with AQA Trilogy Science. However a small cohort of the most able will follow the new AQA GCSE separate Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Key Stage 5
AS Chemistry and A-level Chemistry are now de-coupled. That means they are stand-alone qualifications from September 2015 teaching. The first new AS examinations were in June 2016 and the new (full) A-level examinations are in June 2017.
None of the marks obtained for the AS qualification are carried forward for the A-level qualification. This means that the new A-level will examine the full course after two years of learning.

Year 12 Content

Physical Chemistry

Atomic structure








The Periodic Table

Group 2

Group 7


Oil & Alkanes




Organic analysis


Year 13 Content

Physical Chemistry


Rate equations

Equilibrium constants


Acids & bases


Period 3 elements

Transition metals

Reactions of inorganic ions



Carboxylic acids

Aromatic Chemistry



Amino acids


Spectroscopy & Chromatography



Practical Skills
These are assessed by the teacher during lessons. If a student passes it will be reported on the certificate. Otherwise not. Practical questions also appear on the written examinations. We do lots of practical work.
Facilities & Resources

a) Text Books
7 Key Stage 3, Student book 1 Askey, Baxter, Berry, Dower Collins
8 Key Stage 3, Student book 2 Baxter, Berry, Dower, Pilling Collins

Key Stage 3, Student book 3

Chemistry for IGCSE

Baxter, Berry, Dower, Gadd, Pilling

Norris & Stanbridge


Nelson Thornes


AQA Chemistry Third Edition

On-line Kerboodle access

Ryan and Peacock Oxford
11 IGCSE Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry Clark Pearson
11 AQA Additional Science CGP CGP
A level

AQA Chemistry A-Level Year 1 and AS

On-line Kerboodle access

AQA Chemistry A-Level

Calculations for A level (optional)

Chemical data book

AQA Modular Study Guides

Lister & Renshaw

Oxford University Press


A selection of text books are also available for the pupils in the school library.
A selection of reference books are available for staff in the H.O.D room.

b) Rooms
C3 is a small laboratory and is mainly used for 6th form groups or small groups in other years
Laboratories C1, C4 and C5 are larger and can be used with any year group.
C1 was refurbished in 1999 and the refurbishment of C4 was completed in 2004.
C6 is used by students for Directed Learning sessions and for after school revision.
The Chemistry Lecture Theatre, C2, has a demonstration bench and was refurbished in 2008.
A general ICT suite (ICT 1), is also available (but this is a whole school resource and requires booking in advance).
2 preparation rooms (one for Years 10/11 & A-level and one for years 7 - 9).
1 staff room, 1 H.O.D. room.
1 flammable liquids store
1 equipment storage area.

Trips & Visits

• Year 8 Salters’ Competition entered at Bradford (2nd place, 2016)
• ChemQuiz (mixed Year groups)
• Flash Bang (Year 10)
• MMU Synthesis and Spectrocsopy Day (Year 13)
• A-level Science Live (Year 12 & 13)
• Analyst Competition (Year 12)

Extra Curricular

• Year 8 Chemistry Club in preparation for Salters
• Year 12 Revision (Mondays after school in C6)
• Year 13 Revision (Mondays after school in C4)
• Year 11 AQA Revision (Mondays after school in C2)
• Year 10/11 Drop in Clinic (Monday lunchtime in C6)
• Year 12/13 Drop in Clinic (Tuesday lunchtime in C6)
• KS3 Drop in Clinic (Thursday lunchtime in C6)
• Year 9 Intervention (Thursday lunchtime in C6)
• Chemistry Olympiad