“An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer” – Max Planck (1858 – 1947)

Head of Department: Melanie Emrich

Science is a dynamic, interactive subject that has a bearing on virtually all aspects of our lives. Consequently we aim to make our teaching relevant to the kind of everyday situations children encounter. Our science teachers are passionate about science in all its forms and teach enthusiastically to children in a hands-on approach. Our teaching philosophy is that science is ‘caught rather than taught!’ and together with our experienced lab technician and assistants we bring science to life in the classroom.

The laboratories are fully equipped with excellent modern apparatus that ensures we are teaching the subject to Common Entrance and beyond to the rigours of senior school scholarships. Over the past few years we have achieved some remarkable results at both Common Entrance and Scholarship, the latter including high grades to top public schools such as Eton (King’s Scholarship), Brighton College and Sevenoaks, amongst others.

We set all children realistic targets; for some these will be very high, for others it will be less rigorous but just as challenging for the individual. In every case we aim to impart a love for the subject, and a desire within the child to know more.

Our teaching is not limited to within our four excellent, highly equipped laboratories. Use is made of our extensive school grounds and walled garden, not only for biological work but also for chemistry and physics: sampling experiments as well as well as investigating the growth and reproduction of plants. Everyday activities make some of the best experiments: timing children as they skate from point to point on their skateboards is so much more fun outside. Equally, school swings make fantastic pendulums! We also venture further a field with trips to Marwell Zoo and the RSPB nature reserve at Pulborough Brooks, both of which enhance our schemes of work and encapsulate aspects that we cannot cover in school.