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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon
Headteacher

Science

KEY STAGE 3

At Key Stage 3, students will learn some of the fundamentals of science and scientific investigation which will give them the foundations they need to be successful at GCSE. The science course at Key Stage 3 is developed around the Activate resources from Oxford University Press and promotes a love of science through engaging practical activities. Throughout the course the students will learn to handle different scientific equipment and develop their ability to complete investigations independently.

Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfil their potential”

To fulfil your potential at Key Stage 3 you should:

  • Complete all homework set to the best of your ability. Be prepared to spend time on this and look things up if you need to.
  • All students are expected to learn their key vocabulary. Try making flash cards to check your understanding.
  • Where a topic is new or challenging, it is expected that independent research will be undertaken to ensure a
  • secure understanding.

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 students will either study triple science or core science. The course that is studied at Key Stage 4 is OCR Gateway.

Students who are eligible for and who choose triple science will attend 9 lessons per week and will be entered for three GCSE’s which are: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

If a student does not take triple science then they will study core science. They will attend 6 lessons per week and they will be entered for two GCSE’s which are: Science and Additional Science.

One of the fastest areas of job growth in the country is in the STEM subjects which are Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. So gaining good grades in Science will help students access this increasing job market. Good science GCSE results also allow students to move on to study A level sciences and BTEC Level 3 Science

Our values #2: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can”

To be the best you can be at Key Stage 4 you should:

  • Complete all homework set to the highest possible standard.
  • Watch Science documentaries to broaden your understanding of the subject
  • Where a topic is new or challenging, it is expected that independent research will be undertaken to ensure a
  • secure understanding.
  • Create a revision plan early to revisit topics that are studied early in the course. This will develop long term
  • learning and understanding of different parts of the course.
  • Use a range of external sources to enhance understanding. There are websites listed in the curriculum pages.

ASSESSMENT

Tests will be taken at the end of each module and will highlight how well a student has learnt a topic
Synoptic tests will be taken at regular intervals
Mock examinations will be taken that cover all of the material studied so far.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A SCIENCE QUALIFICATION?

Science qualifications at every level equip students with the following valuable skills that employers look for:

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Computational and data processing skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • The ability to identify and predict patterns and trends
  • Problem solving skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Research skills

Students achieving the highest grades in Science will be able to study A level Sciences through Huxlow’s post-16 learning community, The East Northamptonshire College (TENC). They also offer BTEC qualifications in Health & Social Care and Science which are gateway qualifications to undergraduate studies.

Careers using Science include:

Medicine , Nursing, Paramedic, Pharamacy, Optician, Laboratory / Research Assistant, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Aerospace Engineering, Veterinary Nursing, Teaching, Telecommunications and many more.

KEY STAGE 5

Huxlow Science College, The Ferrers School and Rushden Academy work together to create a unique post-16 learning community, The East Northamptonshire College (TENC). For details of the full range of courses and opportunities available, please visit www.tenconline.co.uk

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Science department run a variety of trips and events such as:

  • Institute of Physics “Gifted & Talented” inter school competition
  • Warwick University “Top Of The Bench”
  • “Spectroscopy in a Suitcase” workshop for sixth form
  • Big Bang Fair for “Gifted & Talented”
  • Visit to Unilever

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mr J Cale – Learning Leader for Science, TENC Coordinator for A level Biology
Mr S Harris – Assistant Learning Leader for Science
Mr M Jones – Science Teacher
Mr C Blanch – Lead Teacher of Physics
Miss S Mott – Science Teacher
Mr P Patel – Science Teacher
Mr K Whiting – Teacher of Science
Mrs A Channel – Senior Lab Technician
Mrs A Hensman – Lab technician
Mrs R Sparrow – Lab Technician

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum, please contact Mr Cale, Learning Leader for Science

  • By phone: 01933 650496
  • By email: j.cale@huxlow.northants.sch.uk