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St Francis Xavier



The department aims to deliver a challenging, stimulating course to pupils of all ability, which provides a solid foundation for those pupils wishing to progress to A-level sciences, and a thorough understanding of how Science and scientific processes influence all of our lives.

Science Staff:

  • Miss R Webb – Head of Science, Biology
  • Mrs L McPhee – Physics
  • Mr A Nolan – Chemistry
  • Miss R Hurton - Chemistry
  • Mrs S Hawkins - Science
  • Mrs C Knight - Science
  • Mrs M Dixon – Technician
  • Miss A Farokhinia - Technician
  • Mrs K Fisher – Science Teaching Assistant

 Key Stage 3 – Year 7 & 8 students are taught 5 lessons per fortnight.

The topics covered in Year 7 are:

  • B1 – Living systems
  • B2 – Diet and Health
  • B3 – Genetics and evolution
  • C1 – Matter
  • C2 – Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • C3 – Reactions
  • P1 – Forces and motion
  • P2 – Pressure and moments
  • P3 – Electricity and magnetism

The topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • B4 – Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation
  • B5 – Reproduction and growth
  • B6 – Ecosystems
  • C4 – Acids and Alkalis
  • C5 – Organic chemistry
  • C6 – The Earth’s resources
  • P3 – Energy
  • P4 – Light and Sound
  • P5 – Space and radioactivity

GCSE Science

Year 9, 10 and 11 students are following either the AQA Trilogy Specification (2 GCSEs) or AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs).

Both courses include the teaching of:

Biology: 7 units including

Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.

Chemistry: 10 units including

Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.

Physics: 7 units including

Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.


There are six exam papers for both courses: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Students must also complete a series of required practicals over the three year course which will be examined on the written papers.