Science

At St Augustine’s Priory Science is an extremely popular and well-resourced department. Situated in our own purpose-built laboratory block we engender a sense of independence and love of learning that our pupils take forward to all aspects of their lives; many of our pupils go on to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Engineering and other highly competitive courses. With our outstanding results we prepare pupils for their futures.

In 2019, 100% of GCSE results in Biology were 9-7, with 83% of students achieving the top grade of 9-8

100% of Chemistry GCSE grades were 9-7 in 2019

This year, 100% of A Level Biology grades were A* – A

100% of grades were A* – B across all three disciplines at A Level

The Science Department aims to stimulate curiosity so that pupils explore areas they become passionate about.  Girls develop critical skills such as investigation, evaluation and application of information, which are relevant not only in Science but in everyday life; this engenders a sense of independence that is unique to our school.

At St Augustine’s Priory we enrich the pupils’ experience of Science by offering visits targeted to the individual Year groups. Annually we send the Sixth Form pupils to the Institute of Education to hear a series of lectures which are at the cutting edge of all three disciplines.

Preps and Juniors
Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum. The study of Science helps pupils to understand the world around them, to explain natural phenomena, to predict how things will behave, and to develop their natural curiosity. Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding are developed through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions and to understand the nature, processes and methods of Science. These ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are embedded in the study of the content and are developed throughout the Prep and Junior school, preparing them well for the study of Science in the Senior school.

Pupils are encouraged to ask questions and to evaluate and extend their learning in Science as far as possible.

Form III to Lower IV
The Department follows a two-year program of study which follows the National Curriculum for Biology Chemistry and Physics. The course is designed to develop a firm foundation of knowledge, and skill set in preparation for the IGCSE course.

Upper IV – Upper V
Pupils follow the Edexcel International IGCSE Science course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics which is specifically tailored to build on the foundation concepts in Upper IV and develops the most advanced concepts by Upper V.

At the end of UIV, our students can opt to take Triple Science. There is an opportunity for pupils to complete Exceptional Progress Tasks, ‘EPTs’. These introduce more demanding concepts and a solid foundation of knowledge which will give them a taster for A Level Sciences.

“St Augustine’s taught me that there is always space for women in STEM and it’s something that I’ve carried with me through University. My early interest in astronomy was inspired by teachers who were passionate about us learning for enjoyment and they nurtured my interest in space and physics by encouraging me to join the Institute of Physics where I could attend talks and network. I had many life changing experiences with lifelong friends at St Augustine’s and it will always hold a special place in my heart.” – BEng Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology graduate 2018

At A Level the Department follows the OCR specification for all 3 sciences. Please see the Priory 6 subject handbook for more detail on A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.Lower VI to Upper VI (Key Stage 5)

Our Sixth Form Science students’ contribute to British Science Weeks with blogs being published by the Girls’ Schools Association.