Science contributes significantly to the school curriculum by providing well organised and effective opportunities for learning and development for all groups of pupils. We provide a broad range of experiences that contribute substantially to the pupils’ achievements and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students join the school from a wide variety of backgrounds across a large geographical area and Science continues to play a key role in the local economy. BAE systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Kimberly Clark, Siemens and Sellafield are all significant local employers alongside the wide variety of career opportunities in agricultural and environmental sciences. There are 12 subject specialist teachers in the Science team supported by 2 full time and 3 part time technicians. Science is taught in purpose built laboratories on the top floor of the main school building. Five of the labs were refurbished in 2005 and a further six will be fully re-fitted in August 2015.
The Science department at UVHS was approached by the National Science Learning Centre in July 2014 to develop and run a regional Science Learning Partnership to support CPD for teachers and technicians in Cumbria and north Lancashire. A member of staff has been appointed as the co-ordinator for the SLP and an online survey has been sent to all primary and secondary schools in the region to identify local Science training needs. The training and events are advertised to all schools in the area through the school website and nationally by the Science Learning Centre in York.
We have strong links with the Association for Science Education, the Institute of Physics and the Ogden Trust. A number of IoP and OT funded Physics events have taken place at UVHS in recent years to improve teaching and learning in schools across the area and we act as a hub to promote the development of Physics education in south Cumbria. Alongside the expert training provided for teachers and technicians we run a variety of Physics themed extra-curricular activities involving guest lecturers from industrial settings and universities and hands on activities for younger students.
The department provides a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities to enrich the experience of students. Our Year 8 students recently won the IET Faraday challenge, three teams of Year 9 students completed the Go4Set project with GSK last year, Year 10 students came first and second in the INS ship design competition and we have been the highest placed state school in the north-west England Biology Olympiad. Year 10 gifted and talented students are invited to attend the Salters’ Chemistry Camps at York University during the summer holidays and we enter the Royal Society for Chemistry ‘Top of the bench’ competition every year. A biennial field trip to work alongside university research teams is available to A level Biology students and a group travelled to Mexico in 2013 after the successful trip to Madagascar in 2011. The next trip to the cloud forests of Honduras is already being planned for July 2015. Our two year project with Creative Partnerships to help students explore artistic representations of scientific ideas received additional government funding to further improve the learning environment in the department.
UVHS is affiliated to the Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme and after another successful year the Science department holds the Programme Mark for 2013 and 2014. The Institute’s objectives are to encourage schools to develop their subject provision, motivate teachers to deepen their subject knowledge and celebrate school departments that are engaged in curriculum improvements and projects that will result in better subject provision. After recognition of the significant progress made last year we are already working on new developments for 2015.
Head of Science
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Ulverston Victoria High School
Springfield Road, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0EB
Tel: 01229 483900