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The science department at The Ripley Academy has a wide range of enthusiastic teachers from a variety of backgrounds, some of whom have experience working in other professions before entering teaching, all with lots of experiences to make science really come alive in lessons. 


We have great resources with all our 8 labs equipped with data projectors and the latest technology. Trips are offered to different groups in all Key Stages and we have after school Science clubs for students that wish to learn about the world around them and how it works.


We aim to provide the best possible structures to help our students succeed and support them in their learning journey. We offer various revision events before and after school and during the holidays for students who need that extra boost and we are proactive in tracking students’ progress closely to allow us to highlight and help students that require extra support to achieve their potential.


The Aims of Science Education at The Ripley Academy are:

  • Students regard Science as an exciting and interesting subject.
  • Students recognise its relevance to their everyday experiences.
  • Students are successful in Science and gain qualifications which are important for their future.
  • The Science teaching inspires a healthy number of students to study science further at Sixth Form and University.
  • Students develop scientific skills which help to solve problems and enable them to make informed judgements in their lives.
  • Science complements and supports other subjects and enables students to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

Assessment structure

The number of small topic assessments has been reduced to make way for assessments of greater challenge and importance.Students are expected to thoroughly prepare themselves for these assessments since they will contribute towards deciding sets and predicted grades.At the beginning of each academic year, students will be made aware of the dates of their assessments and the topics these will cover. The Science department has invested in CGP GCSE Science revision guides for every student in Years 9, 10 and 11, giving students the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for their on-going assessments and ultimately their GCSEs.


The assessment dates can be found here:

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 students follow the KS3 Science programme of study. The programmes of study cover the National Curriculum areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Working Scientifically. There is a specific focus on investigative skills and the development of the scientific method.


Students follow the AQA KS3 Science syllabus which provides solid foundations preparing them for studying the AQA Science GCSE course. You can access information about the syllabus here.


Once a fortnight, students in Years have a ‘Let’s Think’ session. The classroom teaching approach of ‘Let’s Think’ has its roots in Cognitive Acceleration, first developed in the 1980′s at King’s College, London by Michael Shayer and Philip Adey. The Let’s Think approach raises the intelligence of pupils by improving their thinking processes. It is a Piagetian programme that draws on the research of Vygotsky and focuses on questioning, collaborative work, problem solving, independent learning, metacognition and challenge. Extensive research in many countries has proved that it raises attainment and progress for pupils of all abilities. 


Key Stage 4

From Year 9, students will begin studying GCSE Science and will follow the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (1-9) course, which will be first examined in June 2017 and provides students with 2 GCSEs. Students will sit six examinations in the summer of Year 11 which combine to give 2 GCSE grades. You can access the course specification here.


Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 we offer a range of subjects that students can study depending on entry requirements. Students that achieve a grade 5 or higher in Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE can study:


GCE Biology OCR Specification A. 

A level Course summary

Module 1 Development of practical skills in biology, Module 2 Foundations in biology, Module 3 Exchange and transport, Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease. Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy, Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. 


GCE Chemistry OCR Specification A.

A level Course summary

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills, Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry, Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy, Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry, Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements and Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis.


GCE Physics OCR Specification A.

A level Course summary

Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics; Module 2 Foundations of physics; Module 3 Forces and motion; and Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons, Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics; and Module 6 Particles and medical physics. 


How are the A levels assessed?

Assessment of the A level courses is by 3 papers in the summer of Year 13 plus a non-examined practical assessment.



BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics) Edexcel

Course summary

Level 3 Certificate (Year 12) – Three units studied: Fundamentals of Science, Working in the Science Industry and Scientific Practical Techniques.

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (Year 13) - Three further units: Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Genetics and Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis.