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The Science Faculty

At Humphry Davy School students study science through a series of stimulating courses that emphasise their investigative skills. Students are encouraged to learn how to work as scientists, developing a series of scientific skills in the context of knowledge and understanding of key concepts, models, and ideas. Wherever possible students are encouraged to link their learning in school to real-life examples, making critical and safe use of the wealth of information which can be accessed electronically independently of the classroom.

The science curriculum is enriched by trips to local and national science events of interest, for example lectures at Penwith College, the Green Power event at RAF St. Mawgan, the Lego Engineering conferences.

Students and staff from the science faculty are working with partner schools in Uganda to develop an understanding of science across international borders.

Our AQA year 7 and year 8 course builds on the knowledge, skills, and understanding of our students' Key Stage 2 Science Study. Students in years 7 and 8 study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, integrating scientific skills with appropriate contexts.

Our GCSE AQA years 9, 10 and 11 students study have a choice to study for at least two Science GCSEs with around a third of students studying for a Triple Award in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Year 8 students make their option choices for science in years 9, 10 and 11 with guidance from their science teachers and parents.

The science department runs several extra curricular activities including Kit Car club, Lego Engineering club (programming), gardening club, and Science club with nominated Science Ambassadors to promote science across the school and take a lead in science activities.

The level of challenge is high in Science and students identified as requiring additional challenge are mentored to attain the highest level and as part of our ‘Aspire’ curriculum are offered opportunities to take their studies further.

A range of interventions exist in Science for all years, we track students on an individual basis and offer after school skills workshops to make sure that students do not underachieve.

Regular assessment and monitoring via examination, interviews with students and student voice, enables the Science Department to tailor study to the individual’s learning needs.

We offer a range of revision guides for all years, available from Parentmail. Alternatively, speak to your Science teacher who will guide you towards the appropriate guide.

Dr Frost – Head of Science Faculty


Students can expect to be set one piece of homework per week from each science subject. The quantity & style of the homework is likely to suit the ability of the science set that they are in.

Activities might include:


  • A set of questions to improve or check understanding of work covered in class
  • An extended research activity on a topic covered in class.
  • Writing up on an experiment performed in the laboratory
  • Learning key definitions for a short test
  • Formal timed assessments (years 9,10,11)