The Science Department is located to the west of the campus with Biology, Chemistry and Physics (including Astronomy) occupying laboratories, lecture theatres and teaching spaces in and around our listed 1934 Science building. This iconic structure is being fully refurbished to become the centrepiece of our new Science Department. Renewable energy sources will power the building, allowing pupils to study the important role of sustainability in our future. We are creating a large variety of flexible learning spaces that push the boundaries of how we teach: from large auditoriums to garden rooms, private study areas and collaboration pods. Our goal is to provide a flexible facility to respond to the dynamic nature of our subject matter.
We have a team of 22 academic subject specialists delivering Science to IGCSE, A level and Oxbridge entrance level. The Science Department has a large departmental library, a glasshouse and a small-animal collection. Teaching is supported by excellent ICT provision.
Our location in Wiltshire enables us to take advantage of the River Kennet, which runs through our grounds, and two well-established trout lakes, chalk downlands and the nearby ancient Savernake Forest. All of these are especially useful to our biologists, while our extensive grounds often host a range of physics experiments too.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are compulsory in the Lower School. Shell forms the foundation year in the Sciences which leads on to Edexcel’s IGCSE Science examinations in the Hundred. We offer two routes to IGCSE with pupils being entered for the most appropriate examinations based on aptitude and ability. Both the IGCSE Separate Sciences and Science (Double Award) offer a sound preparation for pupils wishing to study one or more Sciences in the Sixth Form. We are also pleased to offer Edexcel GCSE Astronomy (1AS0). This two-year course, which begins in the Remove, may be studied alongside the other sciences by interested pupils.
The Department prepares pupils for A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Biology and Chemistry deliver the OCR ‘A’ specifications while Physics delivers the Eduqas specification.
The Science Department offers first-class facilities with outstanding teaching alongside enviable co-curricular opportunities. Every pupil is set an appropriate, accessible but challenging programme of study leading to an understanding and appreciation of Science which reaches far beyond any curriculum of study alone. Each department devises its own academic and co-curricular enrichment programme annually, often in collaboration with pupils.
Outreach within the local community is very important to us. Our annual Medawar Lecture, named for Old Marlburian Professor Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate, is open to pupils and colleagues at our neighbouring schools and to the wider public. Recent lecturers have included Professor Lord Robert Winston, the distinguished neurosurgeon Henry Marsh CBE and Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS, Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.