The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Learning & Education

KS4 Science

The Science team are dedicated to produce:

  • Ridgeway scientists who are knowledgeable, confident, curious, can link ideas and are resilient problem solvers who enjoy science.
  • Excellent outcomes which enable students to take the next steps in their education.

This will be achieved via:

  • Development of the communication of ideas through spoken/written language and mathematical methods.
  • Quality Discussion and Questioning.
  • Lessons ‘Framed’ around real life applications (this should be shared as an intended outcome or overarching question).
  • Embedded practical skill and understanding over a series of lessons.
  • Quality Feedback via different mediums.
  • Modelling abstract ideas and ideal answers.

Through their Science lessons students will be inspired to discover how the world around them works. They will experience a curriculum that is rich and diverse, one that covers the breadth of Science and the depth of students’ interest.


The Team

Mr T Pittaway — Head of Science — [email protected]

Mrs L McMeeking — Head of Biology — [email protected]

Mrs C Hockin — Head of Chemistry — [email protected]

Mr P Kench — Head of Physics — [email protected]


GCSE Science – The Ridgeway School 2019-2020

All students will study all three disciplines across the two years. This will culminate in 6 exams (2 in each discipline) and students can end year 11 with 2 or 3 GCSEs. Students will have separate lessons and teachers for each discipline and exam entry decision will be made towards the end of year 10. Each exam route is explained below:

Combined sciences (Triology):

Students will study all three disciplines across the two years. This will culminate in 6 exams (2 in each discipline) and students can end year 11 with 2 science GCSEs.

Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics):

Students will study all three disciplines across the two years but will see slightly more material in more depth than those in combined. This will culminate in 6 exams (2 in each discipline) and students can end year 11 with 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. (Neither exam route inhibits entry onto University or A level courses, it is the grades in these subjects that have high impact).

Specifications can be accessed here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

There is a plethora of support in science with extracurricular drop in offered on the days below and the use of computer revision called Tassomai.com. This programme is accessed individually with student’s school email and password. (currently being purchased for Year 10).

Session Day (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Session Available (Units, Content, Room, Teacher)
MondayN/A
TuesdayBiology - R02
KS3 Science - P02
WednesdayChemistry - R23/R24
Physics - R01
ThursdayChemistry - R23/R24
FridayN/A


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