All pupils at St Edwards’s School study general Science in Years 7 and 8, following the Exploring Science course. They have one or two teachers, and study all aspects of Science. The emphasis is on practical work and the students are given ample opportunity to develop their practical skills.
In Year 9 students are taught by specialist teachers and start their GCSE courses in the three branches of Science: Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Students are encouraged to opt for two or three Sciences at GCSE, those intending to read Science at A level and university being encouraged to take three.
The Sciences are popular choices for A level students and the school has seven dedicated Science laboratories fitted to a high standard. More than half our KS5 students take at least one Science A level, and many go on to study Science or Engineering at university, including entrants to Oxford and Cambridge.
The Science Department regularly organises trips and extra-curricular activities for all age groups, and the Science Club for Year 7 and 8 is popular. The annual National Science and Engineering Week STEM Quiz in March sees more than 100 students participating in this tightly fought contest. Year 9 students are encouraged to participate in the Cheltenham Science Festival Famelab Academy, competing against other state and independent schools in the Cotswolds, and students from the school have been runners-up in the competition in 2015 and 2016. Year 8 and 9 students also participate successfully in the EDT Go4SET project, winning both the Pupil’s Choice Cup and the Most Innovative Project Cup in 2016.