Vision Statement

A department where pupils experience outstanding learning and teaching in a vibrant environment that is both safe and exciting, where they are successful but feel challenged and finally, develop skills and aptitudes that they cantransfer to the world around them.


The science department wholeheartedly agree that outstanding learning and teaching in Science is exhibited by pupils experiencing the following:

  • Success in every lesson
  • Engagement at every stage of a lesson
  • Being challenged
  • Being supported
  • Encouraged to think at a higher order
  • Development of sophisticated communication skills
  • Development of practical investigative skills
  • Active learning activities
  • Reflection of own progress
  • Learning as a group and independently
  • Awareness of science in the world around them
  • Self-assessment & peer assessment


Miss K Cassley   Senior Technician

Mrs L Cassidy     Head of Department/A Level Chemistry/BTEC Science/KS4 Science/KS3 Science

Miss A Lagan   Assistant Vice Principal /A Level Biology/KS4 Science/KS3 Maths

Mrs Walker      Year Head/ KS4 Science/KS3 Science

Mrs Somers        Year Head/A Level Chemistry/KS4 Science /KS3 Science

Mrs McGookin   A Level Biology/ KS4 Science/KS3 Science

Miss Dowds         A Level Applied Science/BTEC Science/ KS4 Science/KS3 Science & Maths

Mrs Nevin   KS4 Science/KS3 Science & Maths

Mrs Elliot   A Level Physics

Mrs J Kelly  A-Level Applied ScienceBTEC Science/KS3 Science


At Key Stage 3 we deliver the NI Revised Curriculum for Science.

Pupils have 6 lessons over the 2 week timetable.

Pupils are assessed in Levels from 3-7.

At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils will take the CCEA Key Stage 3 Science exam. In Junior Classes, the general learning areas include a range of topics from all three Sciences, focusing on developing crosscurricular skills and encouraging our pupil's thinking skill and personal capabilities.

Our students are assessed regularly and are encouraged to research possible career choices. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in activities that stimulate their interest in and enthusiasm for Science. Activities are set in context so that students can relate them to their everyday lives, evaluate evidence collected or researched and understand the implications of Science on society.


For GCSE Science Pupils have 2 options; CCEA Double Award or Single Award Science


CCEA Double Award Science

Pupils have 12 classes over the 2 week timetable and take either the Higher or Foundation Tier exam.

In Year 11 pupils sit 3 exams in May and have 33% of the course completed before entering into Year 12.

In Year 12 pupils sit 3 exams at the end of the year and complete Controlled Assessment between September and March.

Pupils aspiring to do A-Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics would be expected to achieve a minimum of BB in Double Award Science.


CCEA Single Award Science

Pupils have 6 classes over the 2 week timetable and take either the Higher or Foundation Tier exam.

Pupils who do Single Award Science sit 3 exams throughout the two years and complete Controlled Assessment in Year 12. The exams are in February of Year 11 and November & May of Year 12.

Pupils aspiring to do BTEC Science at Post 16 would be expected to achieve a minimum of Grade C in Single Award Science.


Post 16

Pupils have a wide range of choices for Post 16 Science, dependent on their GCSE profile and career aspirations.

  • They can chose any of the 3 sciences as an A-Level;

CCEA A-Level Biology

CCEA A-Level Chemistry

CCEA A-Level Physics



  • AQA A-Level Applied Science


  • EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Applied Science



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