(GCSE exam board: AQA)

Science Department Aims

The aim of the Science department is to make learning about how things work interesting and exciting and to make all students enthusiastic about learning scientific ideas, encouraging the scientists of the future. We want to develop all students’ scientific skills and in an ever developing scientific world, ensure that all our students can embrace new ideas and understanding of the world around them.

The Science department is a fantastic learning environment. It is well resourced with 7 labs, including 3 ICT labs for years 7 to 11. We also have 5 post 16 labs.


Science Staff

Mrs H Gibson – Assistant Principal
Mrs A Maingay – Senior Assistant Principal
Miss K Bradley – Head of Science
Mrs R Potts – Head of Biology
Mrs R Histead – Head of Chemistry
Mr J Davenport – Head of Physics
Miss J Keeling – KS3 Progress Lead
Mrs L Rolfe – Teacher of Science
Mr T Dudley – Teacher of Science
Mrs P Wilkes – Teacher of Science
Mrs E Gwynne – Teacher of Science
Mrs V Trull – Teacher of Science
Mrs L Rhodes – Teacher of Science
Mr E Douglas – Teacher of Science
Mrs E Johnson – Science and Maths Learning Support Coordinator/HLTA
Mrs E Mason- Senior Science Technician
Mrs S Jones – Senior Science Technician
Miss L Beresford – Science Administrator


Science Ambassadors

Molly Ash
Aimee Salt
Rebecca Harvey
Helen Hughes
Tammika Goodwin
Mollie Wall
Olivia Rolfe
Jade Campbell
Hollie Wilson


Science News

The science department is delighted to announce superb GCSE results yet again.

In biology 60% of students achieved an A*/A grade, in Physics 56% of students achieved an A*/A grade and 44% achieved an A*/A grade in chemistry 89% of our students achieved 2 or more GCSE’s A* – C grade.


Science Curriculum Overview

Key stage 3 has 5 main areas of study, cells, forces, particles, interdependence and energy that thread through all the topics of this key stage. This is explicitly taught through investigation skills and develops an understanding of how scientists work and how science works.

Year 7 and Year 8 focus on energy transfer, particles, life processes, particle model, forces, chemical reactions, variation and interdependence, changing environment, and behaviour.

We use a variety of assessments throughout KS3 to meet the learning needs of all students. This can be in the form of exam-style questions at the end of the topic delivered throughout the key stage. These tasks create opportunities for students to develop their skills and to relate Science to the world around them. We pride ourselves on personalisation in Science creating opportunities for all students to achieve maximizing their chance of fulfilling economic wellbeing in later life.

The department offers a wide range of courses to suit all learners’ needs and abilities. The majority of courses in our suite follow the AQA specification which has a user-friendly website allowing students and parents to access specifications, past papers and mark schemes (

The Painsley Science department is a significant contributor to the teaching of Science at the Moorlands Sixth form College. The College offers a wide range of courses to suit all students who wish to extend their learning of the science or specialise in a particular aspect.

  • KS5 Sciences
  • KS5 Chemistry
  • KS5 Biology
  • KS5 Physics
  • KS5 Applied Science

The department runs a busy lunchtime club for all, exploring many innovative and exciting fields of science such as forensics, cosmetics, solar and wind power, sensors, DNA, science Olympics.

Students in year 7 and 8 also form the Science and Engineering club and have explored a solar buggy challenge. Other challenges are to come such as car design, turbine design and roller coaster design.

Assessment Framework

How to guides- links to tutorials

Useful websites

BBC Focus Magazine 


National Schools Observatory

Royal Society of Chemistry



The Naked Scientist

BBC GCSE Bitesize for Science

Reading List

  • Seven brief lessons on physics – Carlo Rovelli
  • Six Easy Pieces – Richard Feynmann
  • Astrophysics for people in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Forces of Nature – Brian Cox
  • Storm in a teacup: Physics of everyday life – Helen Czerski
  • Collins stargazing
  • The Selfish Gene- Richard Dawkins
  • The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
  • A Paperback edition by Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle in English (7 Jul 2005)

Extra Curricular

Monday: Week A & Week B

Science – STEM Club (All Years) Lab 3 (HS)

Tuesday: Week A& Week B

Science Club (All Years)