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Science Department

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
Carl Sagan

Students at St George's enjoy a very practical approach to learning Science: lessons are naturally biased towards investigation and experimentation. We encourage creative thought, reasoned hypothesising and careful experimental design. Pupils are encouraged to apply their innate inquisitiveness in the Science Department as we focus on the deep questions that pervade Biology, Chemistry and Physics, seeking rigorous scientific explanations and probing the evidence behind them.   

St. George’s dedicates the whole of E Floor to Science: we have seven well-equipped laboratories, serviced by a central prep room with the help of two full-time specialist technicians. Science often extends beyond E Floor and beyond the school for field trips to areas of ecological interest, visits to some of Italy’s national laboratories, or even special scientific events in Rome. We make very full use of what ICT can offer us: our students use cutting-edge data-logging hardware and data-processing software to complete their experiments.  

Students at St George's receive a balanced Science curriculum in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. For the IB Diploma they specialise according to their strengths and interests. The Key Stage 3 course follows the English National   Curriculum and lays strong foundations in all 3 sciences. In Key Stage 4   students take 3 separate courses leading to the IGCSE examinations in   Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  For the IB Diploma, St. George’s offers   Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Higher Level and Standard Level, as well as Environmental Systems and Societies at Standard Level. An increasing number of students choose 2 sciences for their IB Diploma.   

The staff team has nine specialist science teachers, allowing the full range of courses from Key Stage 3 to IB Diploma Higher Level. Many students go on to read for a scientific degree at some of the world's leading universities. Recent leavers are presently studying at Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London.

For more information, please contact David Clapp, Head of Science.