Science Department

The main aim of the Science Department at Thorpe House is to provide the best possible science education for all students, by providing quality where it counts: in the classroom!

‘Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.’

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

We recognise our obligation to make science relevant to the needs and interests of the students, and we constantly strive to provide an invigorating experience for the boys, irrespective of differences in ability and cultural background.

We achieve this by providing:
A coherent curriculum structure throughout the school with all three subjects taught discretely (separately) in the Senior Department.
The option to take either a combined science or an individual science GCSE.
Enhanced learning and performance through engaging lessons with an emphasis on practical work.
Three well equipped science labs, one of which is brand new for September 2015.
A dedicated team of scientists capable of teaching the individual subjects of biology, chemistry and physics in a creative and engaging way.
Extra-curricular events like Pre-Prep and Prep Science Day, workshops and school trips.

We encourage students to develop skills which:
Are relevant to the study and practice of science.
Useful in everyday life.
Encourage safe practice.
Inspire curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science and in methods of enquiry.
Introduce an interest in, and care for the environment.

Finally, we encourage awareness of the following:
The study and practice of science are cooperative and cumulative activities are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.
The applications of science and that they may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and to the environment.
The development of personal qualities such as; politeness, perseverance, initiative, empathy, self-confidence, and independence.
The development of an understanding of the spiritual, moral, cultural aspects in the development of science, and in the study of science.

The overriding aim of the Science Department is to ensure students understand the role science plays in society and can relate this to everyday life. This in turn gives them an overview of the issues affecting the world today and stimulates a lasting interest in the study of science from a personal viewpoint.

Contact Thorpe House School

If you would like more information about the school, would like a prospectus or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Tyler, our registrar using the form below.

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