Being awarded a second Specialist status means that school improvement is promoted through delivering effective teaching and learning in an established area of strength and expertise and providing support across the curriculum and to the community.
We have placed a strong emphasis on delivering improvement through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics). All faculties collaborate to provide themed activities to develop student engagement in learning. We have developed a new course in Engineering and deliver Triple Science for higher ability students and BTEC Applied Science for more vocationally able students.
We work with primary schools and other secondary schools for the benefit of students beyond our own school boundaries and with other groups of people in the wider community.
The William Allitt is committed to offering the best possible learning environment in science. We have recently completed the refurbishment of 4 out of our 6 laboratories with the intention of the final two laboratories being refitted as soon as possible.
Each laboratory has a digital projector and access to the school's ICT Network, Intranet & Internet which allows access to a wide variety of multi-media and on-line learning resources.
Practical lessons are based on investigation and problem solving, co-ordinated to provide a progression from year to year and linking with other curriculum areas making appropriate intellectual demands on the pupils. The Science faculty is highly resourced for practical work, use of lap-tops, data loggers, projectors and interactive white boards.
Extra-Curricular activities include a Science Club and an ECO Club. There are also many trips and science activities available to students including Murder Mystery Day,
BioKnex visits, Alton Towers Volcano e-mission with the National Space Centre, Science in the peaks and various revision and coursework clubs.
Key Stage 3
The Science National Curriculum Key Stage 3 programme of study is delivered in an interesting and stimulating way using Exploring Science. The scheme incorporates cross-curricular themes, presents a balanced, thought-provoking picture of the world and deals with the development of science through history. It also develops students’ investigative and thinking skills and includes many opportunities for ICT to be utilised.
A detailed list of Key Stage 3 Modules is
Key Stage 4
Science is taught through our schemes of work which follow the Edexcel Science Dual Award. The schemes provide an exciting, stimulating course which makes a significant contribution to cross-curricular themes. The students are encouraged to carry out investigations and practical work that develop their scientific methodology. ICT research and data logging are used to extend their knowledge and enhance the learning environment.
A detailed list of Key Stage 4 Modules is available Here
The Applied Science GCSE course has a greater emphasis on investigation based portfolio work and sets the material in a vocational context. The course consists of three Units, all of which have an equal weighting:
The Applied Science course requires students to carry out lots of practical based work and written assignments. It is essential, therefore that students are capable of working safely, independently and in an organised way. The course allows students to achieve the full range of GCSE grades, regardless of
the tier of entry.
What is good about Applied Science?
It allows progression through all grades to all pupils. Everyone can
It is set in vocational contexts, real life
It stimulates their awareness of the need for
It encourages pupils to consider science as part of their future – not just something they have to participate in at
Provides productive links with industry and government