The senior school fully achieves its aims to develop the academic ability of able girls...

ISI Inspection February 2013

Science

We build on students’ natural curiosity in the world around them, and establish a firm grounding in key scientific ideas, using a hands-on, practical style of teaching.

During Years 7 and 8, the girls are taught in mixed-ability tutor groups. They follow a bespoke Science course which provides a wealth of practical-based material and extension work for the more able in preparation for the IGCSE. 

In Year 9 they are taught in sets, with the three sciences taught separately. All students are prepared for Edexcel IGCSE Sciences and at the end of Year 9 a decision is made as to whether they will follow the Triple Science or Double Science IGCSE course. The vast majority take Triple Sciences. 

At all times the emphasis is on practical work with an increasing trend towards using ICT in teaching - particularly iPad technology.  

The Science Department consists of seven full-time and two part-time members of teaching staff, supported by three highly-qualified science technicians. There are seven modern, well-equipped science labs and a sixth form teaching room. 

The team run regular trips to CERN in Switzerland, one of the world's largest and most respected centres in the world for scientific research. We are also involved in the Hisparc Cosmic ray Project with Bristol University having installed detectors on the school roof, and in 2014 we opened our own observatory with computerised optical telescope and weather station. 

Closer to home, we often take girls to At-Bristol, the Bristol Botanic Gardens and to events at Bristol University. Our extra-curricular Science Clubs are also extremely popular, 

We regularly welcome high profile speakers to school, most recently it was eminent scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, presenter of TV's Sky at Night and Stargazing.

Find out more about the Edexcel IGCSE in Biology here.  

Find out more about the Edexcel IGCSE in Chemistry here.

Find out more about the Edexcel IGCSE in Physics here.