Dave Guy – Subject Leader for Science – Studied Biological Sciences at UEA.  Mr Guy supports Aston Villa and hopes they may win another trophy in his lifetime!


Lois Mack – STEM Coordinator – Studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.  Mrs Mack runs the hugely successful STEM clubs and they recently sent an experiment into space!


Kate Philips – Studied Chemistry at Sheffield University and Science Communication Masters at Imperial College London.  Mrs Phillips is a keen baker in her spare time and hopes to be on British Bake off soon!


Clare Merryweather – Studied Applied Biochemical Sciences at Ulster University and then Analytical Chemistry Masters at Manchester University.  Mrs Merryweather worked in scientific research labs before becoming a teacher.


Mark Davids – Studied Applied Science at Staffordshire University and an MSc in Crops and Climate Change at Essex University.  Mr Davids has taught and worked abroad and whilst living in Lanzarote he was the top sun cream salesman in the World three years running!


Natalie Hall – Studied Secondary Education with Science at Bishop Grosseteste University College.  Mrs Hall has a large pet pony called Tiny


Claire Rudrum – Studied Sports Science at Bedford University.  Miss Rudrum is a keen baker and netball player for Norfolk United who she has played for since the age of 9.


Karis Hamilton – Studied Biochemistry and Immunology at Strathclyde University.  Mrs Hamilton once ran the Paris marathon.


Jamie Edwards – Studied Psychology at the University of Westminster. Miss Edwards had a starring role (as an extra) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.



We have two full time technicians who prepare and deliver all of our practical work:

John Gregory – A dog owner who has a champion dog whose most successful year was 65 rosettes in dog agility competitions!


Monica Rackham – a Norfolk dialect speaker and a keen folk dancer and singer.



The department

As a department we are on a journey of significant changes and improvements.  Our results were our best since 2011 this year and have improved by over 40% since 2012!


We have rolled out our new Key stage three programme with its first teaching in September 2014.  We want students to go on a journey of discovery as they explore different areas of science in their lessons with a focus on practical work.


In September 2016, we will be teaching the new KS4 programme of study for science, with a new grading sySTEM.  We are currently developing our curriculum for this and have chosen the OCR 21st Century Science qualification.


We aim to offer a diverse range of courses for our students, these are detailed below.


 The aims of the department are:

• To encourage enthusiasm about science leading to continued study.

• To develop students’ understanding of the science around them that affects everyday lives

• To develop students’ questioning, analytical and evaluative approach to scientific problems and issues

• To develop students’ practical skills in science and an understanding of how science works


In year 9 students start the KS4 course. The first part of it is a bespoke course developed by the department to give students a grounding in the basic scientific knowledge needed to progress.  They will then start the OCR 21st century Combined science course unless they have chosen triple science as an option.


OCR 21st Century Combined science:

This pathway consists of students studying all three sciences.  They will be examined at the end of year 11 with 4 exams contributing to their final grade – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Analytical paper.


OCR 21st Century Triple Science

For students sitting their final exams in 2019 and beyond, they will be able to choose triple science as an option.  In both their science lessons and the option time, they will work towards this completing a GCSE in each of the separate sciences.  They will have 6 exams at the end of year 11.


Extra-curricular activities

We have a thriving STEM club run by our STEM coordinator Mrs Mack.  There are three clubs offered on weekday lunchtimes Monday year 9, Wednesday year 8 and Thursday year 7.


There is also a STEM Plus club on Thursdays after school.  This has enabled students to gain the British STEM Crest award bronze and silver in the past and more recently they designed and sent a science experiment on the Mars Balloon to the edge of the atmosphere.  Students are completing investigations and working towards the Silver Crest award currently. We are also running the Youth STEM Award, a DofE style STEM award which students can work towards in year 10/


Last year we had 2 students attend the John Innes Centre Science camp for a week in the summer.  It was an amazing opportunity for them to work with scientists in research labs and they both had a wonderful time. Students in year 10 will be able to apply from November for this incredible opportunity.


Other recent and future opportunities for students to meet with and talk to scientists include – I’m a Scientist get me out of here, Triple Science Network day at the John Innes Centre, Bringing Scientists to you at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Women in Science day at the John Innes Centre, the school STEM festival and most excitingly of all a live link up to Tim Peake on the International Space Station where one of our students asked him questions!

To download the science curriculum map click HERE