- Business Studies
- Design and Technology
- Drama / Performing Arts
- Government & Politics
- Progress Centre
- Modern Foreign Languages
Details will be sent out nearer the date.
Details will be sent out nearer the date.
There will be a presentation
There will be a presentation by Mr Curran (Deputy Headteacher) and Ms Pearce (Head of Year 10) to further clarify the changes from letters to numbers in our new GCSE’s, especially following the last set of data reports sent home.
They will also explain the difference between Predicted (PRED) and working now at (WNA) grades.
To help you understand these changes and to share with you some things you can do to help your son with English, Mathematics and Science we would like to invite you to a talk on the evening of Tuesday 23 May.
The venue for this meeting is the LRC in the 6th Form Building. There will be a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and answers from Mr Curran and Ms Pearce at 6pm and this will be repeated at 7pm.
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RR6, Rutlish School
Mostyn Road, Merton, SW19 3LJ
(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Watery Lane, Merton, London SW20 9AD
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The Department is fully staffed with a Head of Biology, Head of Chemistry and Head of Physics, as well as 2ic’s for each subject. Other responsibilities and representation on key whole school working groups are shared amongst the team. We have four experienced technicians, two full-time and two part-time, all of whom are extremely helpful. We have a great mix of 12 teaching staff within the Department covering all Science disciplines which shares experience and expertise with the enthusiasm and knowledge of current educational views of the newer members of staff.
The Science Department is mostly housed in the Main Building on two floors where there are nine laboratories and two preparation rooms. All of the laboratories have interactive whiteboards and the Department is able to take classes to work in the Learning Resources Centre and bookable ICT rooms. In the RR6 (sixth form) building we have a purpose built laboratory with full preparation room and storage facilities.
Students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects at KS3 following the OxBox scheme of work, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Each unit of work is introduced with an information sheet (‘front cover sheet’) providing details of what will be learned, levelled learning outcomes, keywords and the knowledge and understanding related to National Curriculum levels of attainment. Assessment is carried out using class work tasks, homework activities and an end of module test. Within each unit there are many opportunities for practical activities, co-operative learning and independent study.
Key Stage 4 students follow one of 3 pathways which are selected based on attainment in KS3 and KS4. The most common pathway is to take AQA GCSEs in Core and Additional Science; more able students take AQA GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics; and the final pathway is BTecs in Principles of Applied Science and Application of Science. The students start their KS4 Science course at the start of year 9. At present, teacher assessed work for the GCSE’s involves classroom based practical work and written question papers. The BTec courses comprise of 8 units, covering all 3 Science disciplines. Students are assessed on coursework and via a new exam requirement.
At KS5, Advanced level GCE’s in RR6 are offered in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and all are taught on the Rutlish site. Physics follow the AQA specification, Biology follow the OCR specification and Chemistry follow the Edexcel Specification. All of these have a coursework element which requires students to conduct practical work and complete written question papers based on it. We are fortunate to be very well equipped for KS5 Science. Biology and Chemistry are also taught at Ricards Lodge.
Enrichment and enhancement activities which have been offered to students include a Science Club in Years 7 and 8 (recently successful in a Brooklands Museum Challenge and a Roehampton University Rocket Challenge) and revision classes for Years 9, 10 and 11. After school study support is available once a week for all students. Students have taken trips in recent years to the Science Museum, Science Live, Big Bang Fair, Royal Society summer exhibition and St George’s Medical School. Smaller groups of students have attended science based activity days and lecture programmes.
The main aim in the Department is to make this an area of the School that students enjoy visiting, where they feel that the lessons are well planned and imaginatively taught by teachers who are in command of their subject with the ability to inspire. Our excellent results show we are achieving this.
Ms L. Whitehall-Bentt, Head of Biology
Mrs C Beck, Head of Chemistry
Miss H Ryan, Head of Physics