Science and Discovery

Welcome to Science and Discovery (Year 7)
In the Science Faculty we aim to inspire students to discover the wonder of Science through both practical and academic aspects, stimulate debate, develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and ignite students passion to learn in all three disciplines.

Head of Faculty

Miss S Galloway (

Faculty Subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science
  • Separate Science
  • BTEC Applied Science diploma

What are the Big Ideas in Science?

Leading educationalists have been researching the best way to teach science in schools to develop students love of learning through inquiry based practice. A key problem identified by Wynne Harlen was that students tended to view science as separate topics with no links between them and could not relate this to the world in which we live. The Big Ideas strategy (of which the WRHS science faculty deliver a variant of) is designed to contextualise science and help to establish links between the three science disciplines and the wider world.

At WRHS we have modified the model based on work by the University of York to make the science that students learn more relevant and engaging through Big Ideas in biology, chemistry and physics. These Big Ideas will help students to understand why they learnt particular aspects of science at KS2, KS3, KS4 and give some relevance to the modern world, in particular STEM based careers.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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