General Introduction

William Perkin CofE High School is a Science college. Consequently, Science is at the heart of students’ studies.

Throughout the Science courses delivered at William Perkin, students learn the following key concepts which underpin the study of the subject and how science works:

  • Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories.
  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.
  • Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.

KS3 Overview

In KS3, students learn a different biology, chemistry and physics topic each term.

The Year 7 course is divided into the following modules:

  • Biology: Organs and Healthy living, Reproduction, Ecology
  • Chemistry: Matter, Geology, Acids and bases
  • Physics: Energy and Forces, Space, Light and Sound

The Year 8 course is divided into the following modules:

  • Biology: Microbiology, Genetics, Organic energy
  • Chemistry: Periodic table, Chemical reactions, Energy resources
  • Physics: Electricity and magnetism, Heating and cooling, motion

KS4 Overview

Students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9. We follow the EDEXCEL GCSE science course.

  • The highest achieving students study triple science (3 GCSEs)
  • Most students study Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

The curriculum has been designed to teach students about Science in the real world and includes a strong emphasis on practical and experimental skills.


Students sit a test each term. These are designed to secure students’ knowledge and prepare them for the revision and exam skills that will become vital throughout their schooling. Students are also carefully monitored regularly through prep tasks, longer homework tasks and informal assessment opportunities.

Lesson Prep

It will be expected that students complete a short (15mins) prep task following each science lesson. This is designed to both secure knowledge from that lesson and prepare them for their next lesson.

Stretching Students

Students are encouraged to extend their learning by making the most of a number of extra-curricular activities in Science:

  • The Elite Scientist programme is designed to enable our most able KS3 students to carry out projects with top scientists from universities or industry.
  • The Future Scientist programme enables our KS4 students to gain experiences and knowledge that will help them in the future. This is aimed at students who wish to pursue science related careers. This includes trips, lectures and science related work experience.
  • At sixth form, we run medical and engineering scholars programmes for our most able students. These are designed to help these students gain the experiences that they require to be accepted into the top universities for the top courses.
  • All students study ‘applied science’ alongside their normal curriculum lessons to help them understand the applications and implications of science in the real world.
  • Students are encouraged to attend science club, trips, competitions and a variety of other activities throughout the school year.