With 10 brand new laboratories located over three floors, strong student numbers at AS and A2, a range of courses taught at KS4 and Science Specialist School status, the Science Department at Chipping Norton School is an exciting place to study Science. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of teaching and support staff with a good mix of high-level skills and experiences in pedagogy.

We aim to provide an interesting curriculum which is broad and varied from Year 7 right through to Year 13. In addition we offer exciting opportunities for pupils to fulfil their potential and to extend their knowledge and enjoyment of science beyond the curriculum. Students have benefited from taking part in activities such as science fairs, attending lectures, visiting universities, field trips, lab experience days and even successfully launching a weather balloon into space.

Key Stage 3

Years 7

Students study the following topics: Practical skills, Particles, Forces, Cells, respiration and photosynthesis, Reproduction, The Periodic Table, Energy

Year 8

Students study the following topics: Practical skills, Physical methods, Electricity, Chemical reactions, Motion, Nutrition and interdependence, Waves

Year 9

Students study the following topics: Practical skills, Respiratory, nervous and musculoskeletal systems, Genetics and evolution, Using chemistry, Space, Revision and preparation for end of Key Stage assessment

Key Stage 4

The transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 happens in term 6 of Year 9. Pupils are grouped according to ability. Pupils study either the Double Award or Triple Award course over two years. The Double Award courses offer a mix of vital knowledge in Biology, Chemistry and Physics whilst the Triple Award course extends this knowledge in preparation for study of the sciences at KS5. In both courses, examinations can be taken at both foundation and higher level. All examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. We use AQA as our exam board

Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 Level)


The course aims to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. Through the course, we want pupils to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society. The mix of human, biochemical and ecological biology ensures all student interests are catered for. Students conduct a residential fieldwork study as part of their course.



Students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry.   We study the three branches of chemistry (inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) as well as teaching key techniques in practical chemistry. As well as teaching key content we also take time to enthuse pupils with the importance of chemistry through our passion for the subject.



The course aims to give an understanding of Physics concepts and principles, using as far as possible an experimental approach, and relating work to technological applications. Students build on concepts studied at GCSE such as: mechanics, waves, radioactivity, particle physics, astrophysics, electricity and magnetism. At A-level students start to see how these topics link together and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from sub-atomic particles to the largest galaxies.