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Cedars Upper School

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Team Leader: Mr L Beaumont
Team Leader e-mail address: lbeaumont@cedarsupper.org.uk

The Science Faculty has two part-time and 10 full-time teachers who are all well qualified, several having industrial and research experience. We have 8 laboratories for teaching at Years 9 - 11 and 3 dedicated A level laboratories. These are supported by 3 dedicated technical staff.


At Year 9 we teach 6 periods per fortnight and cover work that introduces the GCSE in Combined Science. The main focus is on practical skills that will be needed to complete future courses. 


In Year 10/11 there are 2 GCSE options:

  1. Separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs – 3 specialist teachers, 13 periods per fortnight in Year 10 and 12 periods per fortnight in Year 11.
  2. Combined Science GCSEs – 2 teachers, 8 periods per fortnight in Year 10 and 7 periods per fortnight in Year 11.


In Years 12 and 13, we offer AS and A’Level qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Lessons are 9 periods per fortnight in Year 12 and 8 periods per fortnight in Year 13.



A level students compete in the Physics Olympiad, where we have had notable successes in the recent past, and Biology students attend a Field Course in the Autumn of Year 13. 

There are also opportunities for students to attend lectures out of school which are organised when they are appropriate and easy to attend.

Science is a subject that now permeates everyone’s life in all sorts of ways. Students need basic scientific knowledge so they can make informed decisions in future. As a country we are critically reliant on our scientific base for prosperity for all and hence we need qualified and keen young people to maintain the advantage we have over other economies. Good results in the sciences at GCSE are a necessary qualification for a wide range of A levels, college courses and job opportunities. The chance to study medicine and veterinary science is impossible without at least 1, sometimes 2 excellent A levels from chemistry, biology and physics.


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