The Science department has recently undergone a complete transformation. The results are rapidly improving under the dynamic leadership of our recently appointed Head of Department who has the full support of a completely new team of specialist science teachers and high quality technician support. You would be joining our successful team at a very exciting time.
Over the last few years the school has grown and is now oversubscribed with first choices. This growth necessitates additional members of the science department which provides a superb opportunity for talented science teachers to join our team. We support every member of the team in becoming outstanding, reflective practitioners and look to open doors for all to ensure their continued professional development.
The aim of the department is to encourage students to delve deeper into the interesting and diverse world around them. We open students’ minds to the ways that science shapes their everyday lives and enable students to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of the subject to their full potential. We aim to instil resilience and determination in each and every student to achieve their very best. The KS3 curriculum is organised into umbrellas containing units that link to a central theme. Umbrellas include ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Rainforest’ in Year 7 and ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Surfing USA’ in Year 8. We also do a Biomimicry unit at the end of Year 8 to prepare students for KS4.
We focus on developing students’ love of the subject, their knowledge and understanding of key concepts and ideas and their working scientific capability in preparation for KS4. At KS4, the qualifications students work towards are either AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (triple science) or AQA Combined Science: Trilogy. Where possible, teachers are able to teach within their specialisms and this helps to provide continuity for students and greater progress.
Students are taught in ability sets which are relatively small in comparison to other schools giving each teacher an opportunity to personalise their teaching to meet the needs of their students. Students have ample teaching time throughout their time at Mill Chase with 8 hours each fortnight in KS3 and 9 hours each fortnight in KS4.
In 2019, when we relocate to the new site, staff and students will enjoy a suite of seven brand new science laboratories. This is a really exciting time for Science at MCA.