Science

KS3 Science


  • Inquisitive and engaging science, with investigations and question-led lessons
  • Maths and literacy is developed and supported throughout the course
  • We use carefully designed and differentiated questions, which motivate every student to improve and progress
  • Reliable and effective assessment resources
  • Preparation for Key Stage 4, with development of QWC, working scientifically and problem-solving question skills

Topics Covered

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Structure and Function of Body Systems
  • Particles & their Behaviour
  • Separation Techniques
  • The Periodic Table
  • Rocks & Atmosphere
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Space
  • Cells
  • Structure and Function of Body Systems
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem and Processes
  • Particles & their Behaviour
  • Separation Techniques
  • Reactions
  • Material Science
  • Rocks & Atmosphere
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Motion & Pressure
  • Electricity & Magnetism

KS4 Science


Cranbourne students in year 11 follow the Edexcel suite of GCSEs in science, and years 9 & 10 will be following the AQA syllabus.  For the new GCSE course that started in September 2016, the majority of years 9, 10 and 11 will be expected to complete the Combined Science course which is the equivalent of two GCSEs. Some students will complete three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Both Edexcel and AQA encourage students to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provide insight into an experience of how science works. They enable students to engage with science and to make informed decisions about further study in science and related subjects and career choices.

More information regarding the new Edexcel GCSE syllabus can be found here

More information regarding the new AQA GCSE syllabus can be found here

Chemistry for All Project

Cranbourne has been working with the University of Reading and the University of Southampton in a scheme to promote chemistry amongst pupils and encourage pupils to pursue chemistry post-GCSE. The scheme provides a series of after school sessions to engage budding chemists and apply skills they have developed in lesson to push them even further in a fun and stimulating environment. Alongside these sessions, we have had demonstration lectures and careers talks with some year groups to further promote chemistry, and its use in a number of different walks of life.

If you would like to know more about the Chemistry for All project, please contact Mr Beattie.

Staffing List 2016/17


  • Mr Chris Beattie – Head of Science – c.beattie@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk
  • Mrs Siobhan Nejman – Second in Science
  • Mr Alastair Targett – Lead Practitioner of Science
  • Mr Alex Searby – Teacher of Science
  • Miss Sam Miller – Teacher of Science and Director of Studies
  • Miss Sarah Conlon – Teacher of Science and Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs Kim Sewell – Teacher of Science and Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr Dan Turner – Teacher of Science, PE
  • Mr Adam Tiley – Head of Year 11, Teacher of Science
  • Miss Jenna Mansbridge – SENCo, Teacher of Science
  • Mrs Magda Esterhuyse – Teacher of Science (SCITT)
  • Ms Kath McAteer – Senior Science Technician
  • Mrs Emma Rhodes –Science Technician