Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Mrs Sue Macey (Head of Department) BSc (UMIST), PGCE (Cantab)  Chemistry 
Mrs Suzanne Hayes (Teacher in Charge of Biology) BSc (Leicester), PGCE (Ripon & York St John)  Biology
Mr Simon Rawle (Teacher in Charge of Physics) MA DPhil (Oxon), PGCE (Kingston)  Physics
Miss Denise Andrews BSc (Cardiff), PGCE (Homerton) Biology
Dr Milly Bright BSc (Sierra Leone), MSc (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham)  Chemistry
Miss Helen Clutterbuck BSc, PGCE (Warwick) Science
Mrs Susannah Haynes BSc (Imperial), PGCE (Reading) Chemistry, Physics
Mrs Lynn Storrie  BSc (Salford), PGCE (Manchester) Biology
Mr Scott Temple MChem, PGCE (Sussex) Chemistry
Dr Christina Wood BSc (Durham), DPhil (Oxon), QTS Physics
Mrs Christine Hobden (Laboratory Technician)    
Mrs Jacqueline Knight (Laboratory Technician)    
Dr Jodie Pawsey (Laboratory Technician)    

We are a strongly female department which sends a positive message to our students in terms of their career options. We do not suffer from the perception that 'Science is not for girls' at Farnborough Hill.

The Curriculum


Year 9 are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics by three specialist teachers for 1 hour per week for each Science. At this level, we think specialist teachers are the ideal. Teachers can convey more enthusiasm for a subject they are passionate about.Years 7 and 8 are taught 'Science' for 3 hours per week by one teacher. It is taught in topics, identified as Biology, Chemistry or Physics based, which take 2-4 weeks each.

At GCSE students have a choice for their GCSE Science courses. We offer:

The Core Option - This route leads to two GCSEs, in Science and Additional Science. The students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics with three specialist teachers. This is considered by the examination boards to be an acceptable route for continuing with the Sciences at A Level. 

The students following this route are set by ability from the beginning of year 10. This enables us to teach the lower ability sets in small groups. We can then teach in a style and at a pace more appropriate to those students and we can give them more individual attention. We start with the intention that all students will be entered for the higher tier examination papers.

The Separate Sciences - This route leads to three GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each Science is studied with a specialist teacher.  The uptake for the separate sciences has been increasing steadily over the last few years. In our opinion, this option is a more suitable preparation for those students intending to study Science at A level and beyond.

A level Biology

Biology is a very popular subject at A level. We generally have two groups of students in both Year 12 and 13. This is a desirable (though not absolutely required) subject for courses such as medicine. Many of our students do go on to study biological based courses at University, such as Biology, Zoology and Physiology.

A level Chemistry

Chemistry is a popular subject at A level and we have two groups in Year 12 and one or two in Year 13. It is a required subject for most students wishing to embark on courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Pharmacy. It is also useful for students going on to study Physics or any of the Biological Sciences.

A level Physics

We generally have one Physics group in each year that follows the OCR specification. In recent years, two very talented students have gone on to Oxford to study Physics.