Head of Department: Dr R Butler

Teaching Staff

Mrs B Appleby           
Mrs J Bonnett            
Miss B Charles                      
Mr S England
Mr D Keyse                
Dr L Hart                    
Mrs R Martin              
Mr M Suchecki
Miss E Wonnacott     
Mr S Willis

Technician Staff:

Ms P Dandy - Head Technician
Mrs D Kelbrick
Mrs F Parkinson
Mrs F Smith

Learning Support Assistants:
Mrs K Presdee
Mrs D Ryles


Key Stage 3 Science at The King Alfred School Academy is centred on the “big idea principle”. 

The generalisations, principles and models which connect concepts are at the heart of our course.  We believe this is how students learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and also to make predictions. All the key skills needed for their next stage of scientific learning are covered as part of the course.  Alongside general curriculum time we also have many extra-curricular activities such as the after school science club.

Key Stage 4 students are studying from the AQA trilogy programme, which has been carefully selected to meet the needs of our students and is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting examination in 2018. This double award course is assessed by exams and is centred on excellent practical skills and the ability to use the key principles of working scientifically, taught throughout Key stage 3.  This course is taught as three separate Sciences and some students may have the opportunity to combine this with the separate Science GCSE, enabling them to have three Science GCSEs. This acts as an excellent platform for A-level Sciences and further post-16 study.  

In the 6th Form we offer three A Levels in Biology (AQA), Chemistry (OCR) and Physics (OCR).


To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here-

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • And plenty more!

The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email

To see the Year 7 Learning Cycle 1 Homework booklet please click here.

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