Welcome to the Science Department
Dartford Grammar School was awarded the highest level for provision for Science from the Specialisms Quality Mark in October 2012. We are proud of the opportunities that our students have to develop their knowledge and interests in science across an extremely wide range of scientific disciplines and extra-curricular activities on offer.
The Science Department has recently undergone a full refurbishment and now consists of fourteen new laboratories and a state-of-the-art Lecture Theatre with capacity for one-hundred and twenty people. This allows us to continue to deliver a practical based seven year IB curriculum to the highest level.
The Science Department is passionate about providing the highest quality of learning experiences for our students. We currently have sixteen Science specialist teachers and a team of five experienced technicians to facilitate this.
Each lesson is 50 minutes long and all Year 7 classes have six periods of Science per week and four periods in Year 8. Students follow a carefully designed curriculum that lays the foundations for their GCSE studies. Key Stage 3 Science is focused around a balanced practical scheme of work where students develop their subject knowledge across biology, chemistry and physics which includes experimental skills in laboratory work.
In Key Stage 4, students study GCSE AQA Higher Level Science. Students start their GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9. In Year 9 students have four periods of Science, and in Year 10 and 11 students have six periods. Students who demonstrate the ability to attain the highest grades in their Year 10 exams will study separate Sciences in Year 11 and will be awarded GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics. Students who require consolidation of their learning in order to attain higher grades will study a combined Science programme in Year 11, known as Trilogy, and will be awarded the equivalent of two Science GCSEs. All content is examined through short answer written papers and investigative skills.
The Science Department offers higher level biology, chemistry and physics at IB Diploma level, in addition to standard level biology, physics, environmental systems and societies, and sports and exercise health science.
The Science Co-Curriculum
The Science Department offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for our students to develop their passion and interests in science. This begins in Year 7 and 8 with Junior Science Club, where students attend after school every Tuesday for an extra helping of practical science. Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, these include; The Biology Challenge, Med link visits, the Intermediate Physics Olympiad, Engineering Club, CREST Silver Award and several gifted and talented workshops. When studying the IB Diploma, students have many opportunities to extend their knowledge through study visits in the UK and abroad.
In addition, the Science College offers high quality science lectures each year including the Christmas Lecture and the annual Stephenson Lecture.
The Science and Language Specialisms combine each year to offer the International Careers fair, which focuses on Science and Languages with an international aspect. All students have the opportunity to speak with our guests, and Year 11 and 12 attend key note talks and mini sessions relating to careers.
Please see the Science College Specialisms and Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 subject links for more details on all extra-curricular opportunities in science at Dartford Grammar School.
We hope you take full advantage of the unique opportunities the Science department offer you.