The Science Faculty at Walthamstow School for Girls
The aims of the Science Faculty at Walthamstow School for Girls are to:
Science is taught in 8 new, purpose built, general laboratories served by three technicians, each having their own preparation room.
Each year group of 180 students is split into eight classes.
At KS3 groups are of mixed ability in years 7 and 8 and are then put into one of two broad ability bands in year 9.
Science at KS3 follows the Exploring Science programme. This was chosen because of its flexible nature, emphasis on How Science Works and the high quality of the teaching resources. Progress is regularly monitored through end of unit tests to ensure that five sub levels of progress are attained over the three years.
At KS4 students have the opportunity to study two GCSEs in Science (GCSE Science in Y10 and GCSE Additional Science in Y11) or take the three separate Sciences (GSCE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics) in parallel throughout Y10 and Y11. The latter choice would take up one option block in addition to the Science curriculum allocation. Each GCSE is assessed as follows:
Written Paper 1 - 35%
Written Paper 2 - 40%
Controlled Assessment - 25%. This is an extended series of activities involving research, planning and carrying out practical work and evaluation of data obtained.
At KS4 we follow OCR Specification B (Gateway Science Suite). It is expected that all students should attain their Upper Quartile forecast grade and regular testing is carried out to monitor progress.
Members of the Faculty are:
Christopher Kerr (Head of Faculty)
Christiana Oshodi (Deputy Head of Faculty, KS3 Co-ordinator)
Carl Doree (Deputy Head of Faculty, KS4 Co-ordinator)
We welcome communication with parents/careers and all enquiries relevant to the Science Faculty should be directed to the Head of Faculty.