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.

Physical Education

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