From their first day in Oundle, pupils are taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physics by subject specialists.
In First and Second Form, teachers follow a bespoke scheme of work designed in-house to give pupils from all scientific backgrounds an excellent grounding in the basics required for success in the sciences. Sets are taught one science at a time and rotate through all three over the course of the school year. This allows pupils time to explore the different areas in a more immersive fashion.
From the Third Form onwards, pupils are taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in independent lessons. All three departments teach to the IGCSE specification over a three year period.
At Sixth Form, sciences are no longer compulsory but remain extremely popular; it is common for each science to have more than 50 pupils in each year group. Many pupils go on to study a science at Oxford or Cambridge, as well as Medicine and Engineering at top Russell Group universities.
We offer plenty of opportunity for pupils to extend themselves beyond the curriculum. As well as numerous trips which are run through the individual departments, we have a very popular Science Society with expert speakers visiting Oundle three or four times a quarter. We run an Essay Prize competition across all year groups, allowing the pupils the opportunity to engage more fully with whichever scientific topic they enjoy the most.
The Science Department benefits from excellent resources, as well as wonderful facilities in the Needham and SciTec buildings. In September 2016, a major new development was completed, creating a STEM campus that sets the benchmark standard for school science facilities across the country.
Mr OEA Peck
Head of Science