Departmental Aims

  • To inspire the chemists of the future through excellent teaching and a range of teaching and learning experiences
  • To provide a secure and stimulating environment for students of all ages and abilities to flourish and to achieve their best
  • To spark intellectual curiosity through experimental work, giving students hands on experience of the laboratory
  • To equip students with an awareness of the importance of the subject in the wider world.


  • Our Science Centre provides the perfect backdrop to teaching the chemists of the 21st century
  • Well-equipped laboratories allow us to place experimental work at the fore of lessons
  • Three specialist Sixth Form laboratories give our A Level students access to facilities and apparatus comparable to undergraduate teaching facilities
  • Six full-time teachers bring a wealth and variety of expertise to the classroom, including experience of academic research and public examining
  • Our full-time technician is dedicated to providing practical activities which make full use of our well-resourced facilities.

A Level Curriculum

We follow the OCR Chemistry A Specification which aims to:

  • Further develop students’ GCSE knowledge whilst introducing them to new concepts and challenging previously held theories
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills through the Endorsed Practical work where students build up a portfolio of their laboratory work over the two years
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, inspiring them to go on to pursue Chemistry-related disciplines and careers
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Co-curricular, Enrichment, Extension and Support

  • The student-led Sixth Form Science Society organises a variety of activities, from the Years 6-8 Science Fair to the Sixth Form Science Dinner
  • Twilight support sessions – led by Chemistry teachers, these are sessions where students can come along to get help with specific areas of the course
  • The Chemistry Olympiad, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry takes place in January and is open to all Sixth Form Students.

‘Each year a significant proportion of students go on to study Chemistry or a related discipline at university including:

    • Biosciences/Biomedical Science
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Physics
    • Cosmetic Science
    • Dentistry
    • Medicine
    • Archaeology and Forensic Science
    • Bioveterinary Science
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Neuroscience
    • Robotics
    • Zoology.