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The Chemistry Department is very successful in terms of both academic achievement and cocurricular activities. The vast majority of pupils study Chemistry to GCSE and approximately half of them continue the subject in the Sixth Form.


  • Dr P J Knight (Head of Department)
  • Miss S L Holyman (Junior Science Coordinator)
  • Mr I S Kalsi (Head of Fairfax House)
  • Mrs A H Learmont Henry
  • Mrs M R Prowse
  • Mr S S Sahota (Head of Bayley House)
  • Miss A Hardie (Senior Science and Chemistry technician)
  • Mrs S Raguram (Chemistry technician)


The departmental accommodation has two teaching suites, one for years 7 to 11, and the other for advanced level. Each comprises two spacious laboratories with adjoining preparation room and offices. All laboratories are well equipped with apparatus and reagents. Teaching resources include networked computers, laptops and projectors.


Pupils in years 7 and 8 follow a combined science course, designed to give a firm foundation for the study of all 3 sciences in year 9 and above. In year 9, selected topics from the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry specification are taught and in years 10 and 11 the majority of pupils choose to take the Chemistry IGCSE. The IGCSE course is assessed in examinations at the end of year 11. AQA AS and A Levels are offered in years 12 and 13.


This lively department prides itself on having excellent teacher-pupil relationships, an enthusiastic and logical delivery of subject matter and being available to pupils on an 'open house' basis. We offer both good resources and feedback to pupils through prompt and careful marking of homework, tests and coursework.


The majority of our pupils who have taken A Level Chemistry carry on to further study at university. A Level Chemistry is, of course, a pre-requisite for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy and other Biologically orientated degrees, as well as many of a more general scientific nature. In addition, a number of pupils have undertaken pure Chemistry degrees at prestigious universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.


A Junior Chemistry Club meets one lunchtime a week for pupils from years 7 to 9 to carry out project work leading to the Bronze or Silver CREST Awards. An increasing number of Sixth Form students have been involved in CREST Gold Award projects, provided by local universities as well as other institutions and companies. These projects may be selected to enter regional and National competitions and recent successes include winning the National Finals and West Midlands Finals, and presenting projects at the Royal Institution. Chemistry Lectures at Birmingham University are regularly attended by Sixth formers. In addition a number of competitions are entered, including, in recent years, The RSC Chemistry Olympiad, West Midlands Chemistry Teachers Association Quiz and Salters' Chemistry Club 'Festivals of Chemistry'. The department runs extension classes for Sixth Form pupils with a particular interest or in preparation for university application.


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Facilities are good and there are lots of them which we use.