Science Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs J McCutcheon the Curriculum Leader.

  • Mrs J McCutcheon (JAM) - Curriculum Leader of Science
  • Mrs D Holden (DLH) - Lead Teacher of Physics
  • Mrs R Wilson (RLW) - Lead Teacher of Chemistry


  • Mr N Dunn (NJD) - Teacher of Physics & Biology
  • Miss O Kendall (OMK) - Teacher of Biology & Chemistry (Maternity Leave)
  • Mrs K Pye (KPY) - Science Teaching Assistant
  • Miss B Sayer (BJS) - Teacher of Biology (Maternity Cover)
  • Mr J Turner (JT) - Teacher of Chemistry & Biology
  • Miss C Warburton (CJW) - Teacher of Chemistry and PSHE Coordinator


  • Mr O Dickinson (OJD) - Science Technician
  • Mrs S Walsh (SW) - Senior Science Technician

Science Department Intent

The intent of our Science Curriculum is to develop scientifically literate citizens who are equipped with scientific skills required to understand the uses and applications of Science. Students are encouraged to see how Biology, Chemistry and Physics interconnect with each other and the outside world. We want to develop their understanding and appreciation of the natural, material and physical world around them and to encourage awe and wonder.

We want students to realise how Scientific innovation and advances changes our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

At Balshaw’s Church of England High School we wish to inspire students to become future scientists and for others to see the applications of Science within our everyday lives.

‘Science is exploration. The fundamental nature of exploration is that we don’t know what’s there. We can guess and hope and aim to find out certain things, but we have to expect surprises.’   Charles H. Townes

‘The whole of Science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any living man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what’s it all about?’  David Attenborough


Year 7 have 5 hours over two weeks

Year 8 have 6 hours over two weeks

Year 9 have 6 hours over two weeks

Year 10 Combined have 10 hours over two weeks

Year 10 Triple have 15 hours over two weeks

Year 11 Combined have 11 hours over two weeks

Year 11 Triple have 11 hours over two weeks


Our Science Curriculum area is one of the largest in school with 7 well equipped laboratories and two preparation areas situated on two levels of the school building.


We operate a three year KS3 programme of study, incorporating fully the National Curriculum.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will usually have one Science teacher who delivers all three Sciences using subject topics. There are 7 mixed ability groups in Year 7, 8 and 9. All three year groups are in two bands for organisational purposes with the X band having three teaching groups and the Y band having four.

At KS4 we follow the AQA specification and offer Combined Science and Triple (Separate) Science. We are fortunate to have subject specialists in all three Sciences. We have 7 teaching groups. One group study Triple Science as an option subject and the other 6 groups follow the Combined Science pathway.

Science Department Assessment in Science

Science Department Summative Assessment Programme - KS3


Science Department Curriculum Mapping - KS3

Science Department Curriculum Mapping - KS4

Science Department - Intent, Implementation and Impact



As a department we run many successful clubs - Year 7/8 Science Club, Lego-Future Engineers Club.

We offer a wealth of enrichment opportunities which in previous years have included overseas trips to Iceland and Geneva.

Members of the department are involved in the Geneva Trip, Staff Choir, Lego – Future Engineers, Acoustics Club, Engineering Club.


Related News

26 November 2021
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Creative Science Work!

In Science lessons, our Year 7 students have been looking at antagonistic muscle pairs and produced 3D models to demonstrate how the muscles work in pairs to cause movement.

23 November 2021
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Science Club

In Year 7 and 8 Science Club, students have been looking at the density of different liquids and solids and comparing their findings.