Balshaw’s Church of England High School


Science Department Staff

  • Mrs J McCutcheon - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr P Fletcher
  • Mrs J Hayes
  • Mrs D Holden - Teacher in charge of Physics
  • Mr D Simpson - Teacher in charge of Chemistry
  • Mrs L Styler
  • Miss C Warburton
  • Mrs S Kell  -Technician
  • Mrs S Walsh - Senior Technician
  • Mrs K Pye - Science Support


The Science Department

We are a strong team of staff dedicated to delivering the very best in teaching so that every student at Balshaw’s enjoys Science and experiences the highest quality

We are housed in 6 laboratories, three of which were fully refurbished in 2011, thanks to a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a science ICT suite and two preparation rooms.

As well as teaching Science, members of the team get involved in wider school activities such as : Science clubs, STEM activities, Engineers of the Future – Lego Club, peer support, Health and Social Care, trips plus much more!

At Balshaw’s we want to enrich our students fully in the wonderful world of Science!

After all…Science is all around us!


Year 7 Science Club

On Wednesday evenings 3.30-4.30pm our Year 7 Science Club meet to carry out exciting challenges, experiments and watch some explosive demonstrations! Enjoying up to 30 members each year, this thriving club is organized by Mrs Holden and staffed by members of the department.

There is an annual Science Club trip for members – last year they visited Blackpool Sealife Centre and Zoo! Read all about their adventures in this news article.


Year 8 Science Club

This is a new Science activity for 2016 -2017. It meets on Tuesday evenings 3:30-4:30pm in room 40. Students who join will work towards a CREST award while enjoying fun and exciting Science activities and experiments.

Members of the club will be also be able to attend a Science club trip later in the school year.



This is coordinated by Mr Wood, from Technology, to encourage students to apply their knowledge to challenges such as building a remote control vehicle. The club enjoyed huge success last year when they competed in and won the North West Competition at Landrover’s Halewood site, as well as competing in the National Finals at Silverstone. This club is for a group of Year 10 students.


Engineers of the Future – Lego Club

This highly successful club is run by Mr Simpson and involves producing a Lego vehicle capable of completing a set of challenges under competition conditions. The group were the North of England winners and earned a place at the National Finals at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, where some of the team won individual prizes for their efforts. This team (now in Year 10) will now take place in a National league but a new team of Year 9 students will compete in the competition again this year.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 7,8 and 9 students are taught in ability groups where they study all three Sciences. In each Year they study 3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics topics with end of topic tests and assessments throughout the year. Students in different classes will all study the same topics each term but classes will complete these in a different order so there is less demand on equipment and resources.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum - Year 10

Students in Year 10 ( 2016-2017) will be studying for the new style GCSE. They will be taught by one member of staff for all three Sciences for the next two years. End of unit exams and assessments will be completed regularly to track students progress as there will be no formal external examinations until the end of Year 11 ( Summer 2018). Coursework has been replaced by required practicals as set by AQA, our exam board, and students are expected to have taken part in these as there will be questions about these on the exam. Students who are absent will be required to copy up notes etc upon their return and have a 'buddy' in class who will collect sheets etc for them.

As in previous years we ask that students purchase a revision guide and workbook form school (we can sell these at a discounted price as we purchase in bulk) which will be used for all three Sciences over the next two years. Unfortunately, those with books from older siblings will find these obsolete as the curriculum content has changed quite significantly. 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum - Year 11

Students in Year 11 (2016-2017) are the last cohort to study the old style GCSE. They have completed a Core Controlled Assessment and will complete an Additional Controlled assessment in September. Those studying Triple Science have already completed two of their three Controlled Assessments. However, some students may be required to complete another controlled assessment if their current grade is below their target and this may be in extra sessions after school. We have found that a good Controlled Assessment grade can ensure a better grade in the final GCSE as it is 25% of the overall mark. Sets 2-6 will be examined on Core Science and Additional Science in the Summer 2017 with six exams - two for each subject. Set 1 will have  three exams for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

As in Year 10 we will ask students to purchase a revision guide and workbook.

Lessons and Homework

October 2016 - Year 7 Creative Cell Work

Model Cells - January 2016

These amazing pieces of work are completed by 7x/sc2. Model cells made from everything, including cake

Live Learning Experience!

In Physics,Year 11 students, were learning about the structures of the eye.What better way to learn this than perform their own dissections! 

Year 7 Fabulous Model Cell Homework - November 2015

Science Department