Welcome to the Science Department

Croeso i'r Adran Gwyddoniaeth


Curriculum Leader: Mr D Anderson

Deputy Curriculum Leader: Mr J Woodmansee

Staff Members: Mrs L Done, Mrs R Butterworth, Mrs N Ecob, Mr G Higginson, Mrs E Heaton , Mr M Welch, Mrs K Garratt-Smith

Science Technicians: Mrs J McFadden,  Miss T Sinclair 



The question is not ‘What is Science?’ but, ‘What isn’t Science?’ 


In the Science department we believe that Science is a practical subject that allows pupils to explore their ideas and form theories through investigative and experimental work.



Pupils are actively taught how to think through problems, communicate effectively and use numerical methods confidently. They are allowed flexibility within their own learning to develop the most appropriate skills for them at their own pace, ensuring they are challenged towards their aspirational targets. 


Teaching is planned to ensure that all learners are facilitated; visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities are included within each lesson. Scientific concepts are applied to the world of work at every opportunity, examples are drawn from the local area, and Wales as a whole to ensure the learning is relevant to each child. Pupils are encouraged to personalise their learning by considering the impact on themselves of choices made by them or society. Examples of relevant issues are food, diet, fitness and global changes.


All pupils are encouraged to succeed and are exposed to excellent role models within the Science team.




Teaching facilities include: 6 dedicated laboratories, ICT focus room containing networked computers. Digital competency is keenly promoted within the department using our own class set of iPads, Chromebooks and Tablets. Students are actively encouraged to access apps, iMovie and online resources to enhance their learning and digital competency skills. 


Key Stage 3


Years 7, 8 and 9 all have 4 x 50 minute lessons of Science a week. Pupils develop their scientific, numeracy and literacy skills through the range of different topics covering all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Learners are taught to apply their scientific skills, knowledge and understanding to design strategies, solve problems and offer explanations, relating scientific ideas to the information about them, including current issues. After Christmas year 9 pupils start the GCSE course. 


Key Stage 4


At GCSE pupils will either follow:

The WJEC Science (double award) course.  Where they will have a total of 6 x 50 minute lessons per week (2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 Physics lessons per week). At the end of this course, students will achieve two Science GCSE grades.


The WJEC Science Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.  Where pupils will take science as an option subject and they will have a total of 9 x 50 minute lessons of science per week (3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics). At the end of this course, they will achieve 3 separate GCSE grades, one in Biology, one in Chemistry and One in Physics. 


Key Stage 5 


The science department offers a full range of courses post 16, which are extremely popular including; 


AS and A-level Biology 

AS and A-level Chemistry 

AS and A-level Physics 


In addition to these through the 6 Partnership, Flint High School also offer Medical Science (Level 3) 


Science Dragon Workshop October 2016

Contact Us

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

Albert Avenue,

Flint, Flintshire,


Tel : 01352 736900

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