Learning & Achieving Together


Our vision is to inspire all Brentside students to develop their curiosity and understanding of the world around them and in doing so we will continually strive to maintain our own sense of wonder and passion for what we do.

We will continually strive to deliver high quality lessons which promote an engaging and fulfilling learning environment for all students. We will maintain a consistent and continued focus on students’ achievement using data to monitor progress of every student’s learning ensuring all achieve their maximum potential. No exceptions. No excuses.

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3, students are taught the Kerboodle Activate course over two years. Students have 5 lessons of science a fortnight. The course is taught in topics covering all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

Year 7

  • Introduction: passport to science
  • Biology: cells, structure and function of body systems, reproduction
  • Chemistry: particles and behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reaction, acids and alkali
  • Physics: forces, sound, light, space

Year 8

  • Biology: health and lifestyle, adaptation and inheritance, ecosystems
  • Chemistry: the periodic table, separating techniques, the Earth's atmosphere and climate change, metals and acids
  • Physics: energy, electricity and magnetism

Assessment and Examinations 

Students are continually assessed on their pogress by end of topics and half termly assessments.

Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 students study the GCSE specifications over three years. Students are selected to follow either the separate science route where they will study the three sciences biology, physics and chemistry separately or the combined science double award qualification which is a combination of biology, chemistry and physics.

Assessment and Examinations (AQA)

All courses are linear and examinations are taken at the end Year 11.

  • Combined science: There are six examinations;two biology papers, two chemistry papers and thwo physics papers.  Each paper is out of 60 marks and is 1hour 10 minutes
  • Separate sciences: There are six examinations: two biology papers, two chemisty papers and two physics papers.  Each paper is out of 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Students are continually assessed on their pogress by end of topics and half termly assessments.

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • National Science, Technology and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club programme
  • Working towards Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards