The Chemistry Department aims to inform, stimulate and challenge pupils of all abilities, providing them with the opportunities necessary to improve skills, both mental and practical, that will be useful not just in their academic careers but also in everyday life.

We seek to make the study of Chemistry accessible and enjoyable for all.

Departmental Aims

Our pupils are encouraged to read widely, enabling them to more fully appreciate chemical, medical and related issues and advances. Our libraries are well stocked with up to date texts which not only fully support all of the courses we deliver, but also go well beyond these for the interested reader, and those who may be preparing for entry to Oxford, Cambridge, to read Chemistry, the Medical Sciences and so on.

A full range of resources are available to all of our pupils that cater, at the one extreme, for pupils taking their first steps in Science and, at the other, for pupils interested in looking at current undergraduate texts and computer software packages as used in our most prestigious universities. The department has developed its own demanding and engaging experimental courses tailored specifically for each year group. These are each supported with the latest computer software, designed to make this challenging subject more accessible to the entire age and ability range.

Other activities, lectures and optional tutorials encourage the development of skills essential for life beyond the Sixth Form. Our co-curricular activities have included day trips to visit our colleagues in industry, and we have particularly close links with the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS (Bristol Chemical Laboratory Sciences) is a UK Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Our gifted and talented pupils in the Hundred, and all Lower and Upper Sixth Chemistry pupils, attend laboratory days at Bristol annually. Here pupils are challenged to think as young scientists, and not merely to pass exams, while gaining access to some of the best undergraduate teaching laboratories anywhere in the UK. Pupils also take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad and in the Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge.