Science is a perspective that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that is precise, predictive and reliable.
Science at Downside School
Our aim is to make Science an interesting and attractive subject which inspires each pupil to develop their academic skills, creativity, and knowledge of the scientific method.
All lessons are taught in fully-equipped science labs supported by a suite of data-logging computers. An overarching practical skills strategy ensures all pupils experience investigative science and a high emphasis is placed on making science a dynamic and interactive learning experience. As well as providing an intellectually rigorous model to understand the physical universe, teaching highlights applications of science in technology and medicine. Academic studies are supported by co-curricular activities, visiting speakers and an annual Science and Engineering week that includes a science fair based on the American High School model. Examination results are excellent and pupils go on to read diverse science related subjects at top universities including an outstanding crop of medics in recent years.
‘Pupils’ understanding and use of technical language are excellent, especially in the sciences.’ ISI REPORT 2018
Physical Education as a curriculum subject differs from PE in the gym and is taught as part of the science faculty and includes the study of physiology, psychology and sports technology.
Downside School Science Staff
|Mr P Rigby BSc||Head of Science Faculty|
|Mr S Barrett BSc||Head of Biology|
|Mr M Randall BSc||Deputy Head & Teacher of Biology|
|Mr B Edge BSc||Head of Academic PE|
|Miss S Essex BSc||Science Technician|
|Mr D Hicks BEd||Teacher of Chemistry & Physics|
|Mr P Hunt BSc||Head of Chemistry|
|Mr R Jones BA||Teacher of PE|
|Dr M Leatherbarrow DPhil||Teacher of Chemistry|
|Mr A Millard||Science Technician|
|Mrs C Murphy BSc||Teacher of Biology|
|Mrs H Alcantará MA||Teacher of Biology|
|Mrs M Ryder BSc||Senior Science Technician|
|Mr R Worsman BSc||Teacher of Physics & Biology|