The Knights Templar School

The Knights Templar School

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The Science faculty aims to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils whether or not they go on to study science beyond Key Stage 4. In particular, studies should enable them to acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and applications of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and some Earth sciences.

We aim to:

  • Give full access to the Science curriculum for all pupils up to GCSE level, regardless of their gender, ability or background.
  • Allow pupils to experience 'positive achievement' and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
  • Reinforce and make links with other areas of their curriculum and build on their experiences in primary school.
  • Make use of their personal experience and relate it to the worlds of work and leisure, whilst developing their scientific skills.
  • Ensure that the form of the curriculum and the approaches to teaching and learning lead to a greater appreciation of science and its impact both on the individual and society.
  • Cater for the needs and aspirations of all pupils within a balanced whole-school curriculum.

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about studying Science @ KTS

Staffing:

Teaching:

Mrs G Allman (Joint Head of Science/Head of Biology)
Mr J Grove (Joint Head of Science/Head of Physics)
Mrs J Wallace (Joint Head of Science/Head of Chemistry)
Mrs K Brown (Enrichment Co-ordinator/ Biology)
Mrs M Dineen (Biology/ Chemistry)
Miss D Carroll (Chemistry/ Physics)
Mr P George (Physics/ Biology/ Chemistry)
Dr J Kerr (Chemistry/ Student voice co-ordinator)
Mrs J Harbon (Physics/ Biology/ Chemistry)
Mrs J Brouat (Physics)
Mr W Bowers (Physics)

We also have 2 dedicated teaching assistants:

Mrs C Sharp
Mrs C Wright

Technical:

The department is extremely fortunate to be serviced by 5 excellent and experienced technicians who provide valuable contributions to the Teaching and Learning within the department:

Mrs S Conway (Senior Laboratory Technician)
Mrs L Eke
Mrs J Mills
Mrs C Kotze
Mrs T Robinson

 

Science Prefects

We are lucky to have a number of Year 13 prefects who are associated with the faculty and support the work of the teachers and technical staff, as well as assisting at department events and in our extra-curricular GCSE Astronomy.

 

TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

Speakers
The department has links with local industry and makes good use of Herts SETPOINT and other connections to bring in people to speak to students. Recent speakers have delivered talks on a broad range of subjects to different year groups including the importance of sustainability, neuroscience, space exploration & increasing human fertility. Within the past year we have had visits from eminent Ecologists, Cosmologists and Cancer scientists to talk with all year groups and inspire young scientists.

Educational Visits and Field Trips
These are organised as available and appropriate and have included in recent times trips to CERN in Geneva, working with Astrium on developing a drill for the Mars rover and a practical science day at GSK for gifted and talented in association with McLaren Formula 1. This is in addition to our annual A level field trip and trip to the Royal Veterinary College for prospective “Medivet” students. Students have also recently had the chance to visit local nature reserves and Astronomy facilities at the University of Cambridge

We also run school trips for whole year groups lower down the school to inspire the curiosity of our younger learners, whilst our older students and prefects have the chance to support our Primary school liaison programme

Competitions etc.
A small number of our students each year work towards the full and intermediate ‘Biology Olympiad’ organised by the Society of Biology with notable successes. Last year for the first time we also participated in the ‘Biology Challenge’ for younger students achieving a number of medals

We also publicise practical and writing national competitions and have encouraged pupils to participate across all levels. In recent years a small number of our students won a prestigious film competition run by Eurostar and Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE). The competition, challenged students to “Have Your Say on Sustainability”- with their prize was to visit the European Parliament and present to MEP’s. Read more here

We have been successful in competitions run by the Chemical Industry and in the local Rotary Technology tournament as well as the University of Cambridge Year 12 Chemistry Compeition

Clubs
Science club
for Lower school students (Yr7/8)- see Faculty prefects or subject leaders for more details

Astronomy club (open to years 10/11 leading to potential GCSE Astronomy)- see Faculty prefects or Mr Grove for more details

 

Key websites

The school has to access to an internet based resource known as Doddle. Each student has an individual log-on and password. Follow the link below to discover more:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/student/login?

 

Students will be set work on this from time to time by their teachers, but it can also be used as an independent learning resource to support progress