“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.”

Isaac Asimov

Miss L Moody – Acting Head of Science
Miss S Vilkhu – Teacher of Science
Mr J Woollatt – Teacher of Science
Mr M Carpenter – Teacher of Science


Science department overview

The Science department at Outwood Academy Ripon teaches students to be inquisitive about the world around them and to understand how important science is to their everyday lives. This is done through the delivery of several different courses at all key stages, which enables every student to achieve their best and give them the appropriate level of scientific knowledge and qualification needed to progress in their chosen careers. Within the department we have a team of experienced teachers and a dedicated science technician who between them are highly successful in delivering all aspects of the Science curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 the department uses the exciting and stimulating Exploring Science scheme delivered in two years to give students a basic grounding in scientific principles, practical techniques and “How science works” in preparation for Y9 when the students will start the AQA Science GCSE course.

This GCSE course is exam based and has an element of practical assessment work worth 25%. At the end of year 8 students achieving a Level 6 can opt to take AQA Triple Science for GCSE. This leads to separate GCSE qualifications in each of the three Science areas; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Other students will take the AQA Core science GCSE course and then a second science GCSE in Year 11 either AQA Additional Science or OCR Environmental and Land based studies.

In Key Stage 5, as well as offering A’ level Applied Science BTEC, which is a practical coursework, non-examined qualification; the department offers A’ level AQA Chemistry and Biology which is 80% exam based and 20% practical assessment. A’ level Physics is also offered through our collaboration with Harrogate High School.
The department continues to achieve excellent results in both KS4 and 5. In key stage 5 all students in Year 13 in 2014 achieved a minimum of a distinction grade in A – level Applied Science BTEC. In key stage 4, students achieved 100% A*-C in BTEC Principles of Applied Science and the Triple Science students achieved A* – C rates of 100 % in Physics, 95% in Chemistry and 74% in Biology which was significantly better than the national average.
As part of the enrichment programme the Science department offers Science Club to enthusiastic scientists in key stage 3 and a variety of sessions for key stage 4 and 5 students who need extra help with either tricky concepts or extra time to catch up coursework.