Head of Faculty Dr N Dixon
Through practical experiments and the use of ICT in classes, the Science Department’s first priority is to ensure that all our students receive dynamic, engaging lessons. Our efforts have been recognised by our LEA in the award of Lead Department Status for the last six years enabling us to work with other Science Departments across the County.
The Science Department comprises twelve laboratories, five of which are situated at St John's and seven on the Waynflete site. Each site has a preparation room and other storage areas. In addition the Waynflete site houses a vibrant and well equipped team room.
The Department has a hard-working and supportive ethos with an unrivalled sense of team spirit. We are committed to teaching and learning and regularly promote innovative practice, both in terms of our teaching and our use of practical activities to enhance learning.
The Science Department Ethos: The Science Department comprises a highly motivated team of teachers and support staff who work together to provide enriched and memorable learning experiences for our students. By combining highly supportive leadership with a risk-taking approach to the design of innovative student-centred learning, we are working towards our vision of progressive science teaching. This has been recognised by our award of Lead Department status in Northamptonshire. We believe that through integrating the use of ICT into our practice we are able to promote more effective learning in science. We recognise that the key to success lies in unlocking the potential of the individual student and are guided by asking “How can we better support our students to achieve their very best?” We offer additional support classes to Years 9-13 and a Science Club for Years 8 and 9. We always welcome feedback on our efforts and suggestions for improvement.
Science IT UseThe Science Department is at the cutting edge in the effective use of ICT to promote teaching and learning. All our laboratories have internet access and data projectors. In addition, six laboratories possess interactive whiteboards, whilst the remaining laboratories have wireless mice and keyboards. All of our Schemes of Work are fully electronic, with a PowerPoint and collection of other digital resources for each lesson (including digital video clips, animations, sounds, and quizzes for our handheld voting system). Much of our inter-departmental communication is via email including the placing of orders with our technicians.