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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

Welcome to Huxlow Science College

At Huxlow Science College we believe that school days are precious and form the foundations for our students’ future lives. We have a determination to ensure that our students are given the best possible opportunities to succeed both academically and as young people who are an asset to the communities in which they live. Our community is rightly very proud of our school, our students and their successes. We have a rich history of students of all abilities and backgrounds fulfilling their potential in all areas of their education and they are supported and challenged daily to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

We pride ourselves on the levels of support and guidance we offer our students and place students and their needs at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to ensure students are happy, feel safe and are taught well. Developing ‘The Whole Child’ is one of our core responsibilities and our students are challenged to aim for the highest personal and academic standards. We have high expectations of behaviour and respect across our community and forge excellent relationships with both students and parents.

I am hugely proud to be the Headteacher of Huxlow Science College and to lead the school as we build on recent increases in both student numbers and exam results. It is such a privilege to be entrusted with the lives of the young people in our community, to shape their characters and enable their success.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students, parents and carers to experience all that is Huxlow in the very near future.

Paul Letch - Headteacher

Headteacher

Science

"Knowledge is your most valuable possession"

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

science learning - websites

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mrs C Woodward - Acting Learning Leader of Science

Mr K Whiting - Acting Assistant Learning Leader of Science/Pastoral Leader

Miss L Ellis - Head of Physics

Miss S Mott - Teacher of Science

Mrs L Cunningham - Teacher of Science

Ms J Griffiths - Teacher of Science

Mr M Winter - Teacher of Science

Miss A Murbaka - Teacher of Science

Mr T Brown - Teacher of Science

Mrs A Channell - 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 E Otchere, Learning Leader for Science