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Science Faculty Staff List
Mrs H Cunningham Head of Science - Physics Teacher
Mrs L Chittick Assistant Head of Science - Head of Biology & KS4 Science Co-ordinator - Biology Teacher (maternity leave)
Mrs A Durak Science Teacher
Mr A Oakley Biology Teacher
Mrs H Price Chemistry Teacher - KS3 Coordinator
Miss K Prescott Science Teacher
Dr P Stanley KS5 Science Co-ordinator - Physics - Chemistry Teacher
Mr D Tentes Physics - Chemistry Teacher
Mrs G Thomas Science Teacher
Mr T Xavier Second in Department - Biology Teacher
Mr T Hayward Biology Teacher - Cutforth House Leader

Science at Leventhorpe

In its broadest sense, Science is the study of the way things work. This encompasses trying to understand how the parts of the physical world interact with each other and the processes that define living organisms and how they interact on the Earth. 

During Science lessons students will study how scientific ideas and theories have developed.   They will use the scientific method to experimentally investigate phenomena, collect data through careful measurement and/or the use of secondary sources, analyse and interpret that data and finally form judgements.  They must then evaluate the data and/or processes involved.

Ideas and concepts central to our understanding in Science also form an important part of the curriculum.   Students will use these concepts to describe, explain and predict phenomena.  The use of scientific models is central to the development of their abilities in this area as is the use of mathematical skills.

Many of the achievements of Science can be best appreciated in the context of their historical and contemporary development.  The impact of Science on the modern world has been and continues to be the defining characteristic of this age.  Students will discuss, argue and form opinions about the cultural and environmental consequences of our relentless quest to improve our scientific knowledge.  In doing so, they will develop the skills needed to judge for themselves the presentation of Science in the media and to form the opinions needed for them to participate in the scientific debates of the day.

Finally, Science is a cooperative endeavour which means that students will develop their teamwork and communication skills throughout their lessons at Leventhorpe.

The faculty is fortunate to have eight fully fitted laboratories, with each one assigned to one of the three sciences.

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Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips

We offer a number of extra-curricular activities, such as:

  • A lunchtime Science Club for KS3 students with lots of exciting demonstrations, competitions and experiments for students to participate in;
  • A lunchtime Space Explorers club for Years 7-10; 
  • Year 12 Chemistry visits to GSK ;
  • Year 12 Biology – Epping Forest Field Course;
  • A trip to Iceland for Years 9 and 10 every two years;
  • A Year 13 Biology trip to the Royal Institute, London.

Curriculum Overview:

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