St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Intent Statement

We aspire to produce learners who are skilled critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and team players. Students will develop their minds by accessing a stimulating and challenging curriculum supported by a programme of opportunities that will support the creativity and curiosity of each and every one of them. At the conclusion of their high school career, our students will be capable of applying their scientific knowledge to contemporary issues, making connections between scientific disciplines, and pursuing post-secondary education or careers in the many and varied disciplines of science and engineering. 

Science Department Staff

Mr A Quinn - Subject Leader 

Mr I Hussain - Head of Physics 

Mr N Cohen 

Miss L Harrop

Miss K Hickling

Mr N Irwin

Mrs V Kershaw

Mr D Martindale 

Mr L Pendlebury 

Mr M Wharmby 

Mrs L Walton - Technician

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, 8, and 9 follow the AQA Key Stage 3 Science Syllabus. Throughout Key Stage 3, we aim to teach engaging lessons that develop scientific skills as well as knowledge and understanding. Lessons are hands-on involving many practical activities.

Year 7 students can also attend an after school Science Club providing further hands-on practical Science opportunities. By the end of Key Stage 3 students should have an understanding of the big ideas in Science which should equip them well for success at GCSE level.

Science topics are grouped in themes that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Themes include Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystem and Genes. Each theme is partly taught in year 7 and partly taught in year 8. Within Forces, for example, Speed and Gravity are taught in year 7 and Contact forces and pressure are taught in year 8

A link to the AQA Key Stage 3 Science Syllabus can be found here:

Key Stage 3 Knowledge Organisers

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Knowledge Organisers