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Mrs L. Clarke (Head of Department), Miss C Haigh, Dr S. Archer, Mrs N. Bradburn, Miss K. Isherwood, Miss C. Eames, Miss J. Russell, Miss E. Broderick, Miss E. Pedley (Lab Technician) and Mrs L. Ashcroft (Admin Support)

The Science department is fully committed to the provision of high quality Science education, enhancing the scientific capability of all pupils, irrespective of ability, within a challenging, exciting and dynamic environment.

We are immensely proud of our students' GCSE results.

In 2014 Biology, Chemistry and Physics students all gained at least an A*-C and 63% of Biology and Chemistry students and 50% of Physics students gained an A or A*.

In the Science A examination Our Year 10 students produced the best ever A* - C results for this school with 82% gaining an A* - C grade.

All GCSE examinations were well above the National Average for A*-C grades.

We believe firmly in “be the best you can be” and have designed our curriculum to allow pupils to achieve maximum success. Students experimenting with different coloured chemicals

Key Stage 3

Science is taught to all pupils building from four hours per fortnight in Year 7, five hours in Year 8 and six in Year 9. The course is designed in school to meet the best needs of pupils. Work is topic based and taught by subject specialists.

Topics covered in Key Stage 3 include:

Year 7

Working in a Scientific way – CSI Bury Church, Life, Reproduction, Particles, Energy and Forces.

Year 8

Digestion, Photosynthesis, Forces, Sound and Light, Chemical World, Acids and Alkalis and the Earth.

Year 9

Electricity and Electromagnets, Energy and Heat transfer, The Earth and Beyond, Blood and Lungs, Metals.

Assessment in Key Stage 3 takes place at the end of each module with a formal written test, but throughout the unit students will also be assessed via Progress tasks which take a variety of forms including research, projects, experiments and presentations.

Key Stage 4

Students have 9 core lessons of Science each fortnight, including three hours each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. If students choose to study triple Science they have an extra four hours of Science in Year 9, five in Year 10 and six in Year 11.

All lessons are taught by subject specialists. Science is a compulsory subject within school and our philosophy is to enter all students for at least one GCSE exam.

Students can choose to study.

  • AQA GCSE Science
  • OR AQA GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science
  • OR AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

The full exam specification can be found at AQA.

Programme of Study in Key Stage 4

All students (Science A)

Two GCSE students (Science A + Additional)

Triple students (Science A + additional + extension units)

B1.1 Keeping healthy

B2.1  Cells and simple cell transport

B3.1  Movement of molecules in and out of cells

B1.2 Nerves and hormones

B2.2  Tissues, organs and organ systems

B3.2  Transport systems in plants and animals

B1.3  The use and abuse of drugs

B2.3  Photosynthesis

B3.3  Homeostasis

B1.4  Interdependence and adaptation

B2.4  Organisms and their environment

B3.4  Humans and their environment

B1.5  Energy and biomass in food chains

B2.5  Proteins – their functions and uses

C3.1 The periodic table.

B1.6  Waste materials from plants and animals

B2.6  Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

C3.2 Water

B1.7  Genetic variation and its control

B2.7  Cell division and inheritance

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes

B1.8 Evolution

B2.8  Speciation

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

C1.1 Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry

C2.1 and C2.2 Structure and bonding and how structure influences the properties and uses of substances

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C1.2 Limestone and Building Materials

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

C1.3 Metals 

C2.4 Rates of Reaction 

P3.1 Medical applications of physics

C1.4 Crude Oil and Fuels 

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

P3.2 Using physics to make things work

C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil. 

C2. 6 Acids, bases and salts

P3.3 Keeping things moving

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses 

C2.7 Electrolysis


C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

P2.1 Forces and their effects


P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred

P2.2 Forces and energy


P1.2 Energy and efficiency

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits


P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances


P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions


P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding.

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion



Extra Curricular Activities

STEM group (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a vibrant, exciting Science club. The group designs, experiments with and builds all sorts of things! From bath bombs to crazy golf games to racing balloon driven toy card down the school drive – they are never short of ideas. Click the link to find out more about this group.

The group also incubated chickens as part of the Living Eggs programme. You can see a video of one of the chicks hatching here.

Crest Awards

Last year the department awarded their first Crest awards, supported by the British Science Association. These awards are enrichment activities designed to inspire and engage young people by using problem solving, practical and communication skills. We are looking for students who have an idea they want to investigate and are willing to give at least 10 hours toward developing their project / idea. Follow here to find out more.


This is a project /competition which links Science and Industry. Our school team of 6 students works with Miss Jackson and a company mentor, visiting industry and special events before completing their 10 week project. Click here to find out more.

Enrichment activities:

During the last few years we have built some very strong links with our local schools, colleges and universities and have been involved in a lot of activities:

  • Biology Taster Day at Bury College
  • Science and Technology Day at Holy Cross
  • Big Bang Fair at Liverpool
  • Salters Chemistry Festival at Manchester University
  • Forensic Entomology at Bury College
  • Chemistry Taster day at Bury College
  • Science and Industry Day at Bury College
  • Bury Church hosted the God and the Big Bang Young Scientist Day, working with Elton High School
  • Year 6 students from St Peter's Primary School spent an afternoon in the Science Department learning about life cycles as part of our Living Eggs Project
  • We are also very proud that Miss Jackson has been asked to be a teacher mentor at this summer’s Chemistry Camp at Manchester University. As a result, 4 of our gifted and talented students will be offered places at a Chemistry camp at a university of their choice – watch this space for their names!
  • Days out and trips

    We also take students out to look at Science in the real world.

    We have visited Chester Zoo, Catalyst Chemistry Museum and Science Centre and Blue Planet aquarium and spent a weekend in London to visit the National Science Museum and the National History Museum.

    Flexible Fridays

    Last year the Science department was pleased to be able to deliver whole Science days to every student in school.

    Year 7 took part in Learning to use Science to solve problems – CSI Bury Church – Whos Fish? and also took their Science outside with a habitat study of the school field.

    Year 8 used more complex skills to solve problems – CSI Bury Church – Murder at Meerkat manor – who did it? and used their out of the lab skills in a sustainability study of the school.

    Year 9 Visited Blue Planet, catalyst or worked with the Smallpiece Trust in school. Triple scientists also did a practice piece of coursework.

    Year 10 were involved in a STEM activity – building and racing cars and others took part in a revision programme prior to their exams.

    Year 11 took part in a revision programme prior to their exams.