Hurstmere School as a High Performing Specialist School was granted Science as its second Specialism in February 2009 for 1st April 2009. The funding that came with the specialist status enabled us to encourage a broader understanding of Science through extended and enhanced enrichment opportunities, including the development of Science across the curriculum. Through this our aim is to raise achievement in both Science and have a positive impact on both achievement and aspirations throughout the school.
Excellent, innovative and inspiring education in Science can lead to a better knowledge of how Science works and builds the responsible citizens our society requires. We seek to further utilise the impact of our sports Specialism to improve learning across the curriculum and to build upon the cross curricula links between Sports and Science.
Science Specialism Objectives
- To raise numbers of pupils achieving 2 A* - C grades in science
- To increase numbers of pupils studying 2 Sciences at GCSE
- To increase the number of pupils going on to further education to study Science based subjects
- To offer Triple Science as an option for those with the appropriate achievement and motivation
- To introduce Science Leaders/Ambassadors and provide support for those pupils to work with younger children at both KS3 and in primary Schools
- To promote STEM within the school
- To improve pupil attainment in partner primaries
- To promote Science across the curriculum
The Science Specialism has enabled the following to take place
- The Science ICT room being made available to Year 10/11 pupils every day at lunchtime to complete coursework.
- Science and Technology departments taking groups of pupils to Greenwich University for the Bexley Science & Technology challenge days where they participated in activities relating to their subjects and looking at different pathways to degree coursesIntroduction of Triple Science into the curriculum in 2012 with one class of 30 pupils. In 2014 this was expanded to two classes.
- A wide variety of enrichment trips and activities including visits to: Greenwich Observatory, Kew Gardens, Kings College London to take part in medical training activity, Big Bang Fair – excel London, Science Live and visits from Queen Mary’s University School liaison team
- Attendance of 30 KS4 pupils at STEM careers event
- Introduction of a Science Club for lower school on Thursday lunchtimes
- Introduction of the gold ‘Science Tie’ for specially nominated upper school Science students
- Introduction of upper school Science leaders to support younger students at Science club and year 9 end of KS3 revision classes
- Introduction of high achieving sixth formers to work with underachieving year 10 students after school.
- Visits to universities including Imperial College and Cambridge university
- Joint initiative with PE on testicular cancer awareness
- Various charity events to support the school’s participation in Zambia
- Work with local Primary Schools including donating equipment to support Science teaching
- Special events and assemblies for Science week including the loan of moon rocks from NASA
- Participation in live web chats with ‘real life’ scientists
- In March 2011 the ‘Boys will be Boys/Brilliant’ project started an on-going project. Every Thursday and Friday 6 pupils from Year 10 walk to Sherwood Park Primary School and help Year 5 & 6 pupils with their reading. This is an extremely good experience for both Hurstmere boys and the Primary School pupils.
- A significant increase in the number of students achieving 2 GCSEs in Science (or equivalent) at A* - C grade.