Science Faculty is led by Mr McDaid and comprises the following subject areas and subject leaders:
- Biology (Miss Hennity)
- Chemistry (Mr Hepburn)
- Physics (Mrs Aspinall)
- Geology (Mr Parker)
We are Biology. Our very knowledge of the natural world is filtered through the physiology of our receptors and our brains.
The study of Biology is constantly evolving, helping us to solve the difficult issues faced by society. At St Bede’s we recognise this challenge and tailor our courses to reflect the ever-changing nature of Science. Students who study Biology with us acquire key skills. These include data analysis, creative problem-solving, experimental planning and evaluation. They are able to pursue careers in a wide range of challenging disciplines such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Natural Sciences. Our teachers have strong links with universities, industry and professional associations. This means a high standard of teaching in lessons and many opportunities outside the classroom such as museum visits and field trips, as well as taking part in the National Biology Challenge, the Biology Olympiad and the Crest Science awards.Chemistry
Chemistry is a popular and thriving subject at St Bede’s, offered both at A Level and GCSE. We have five experienced teachers and a specialist technician, and work across three dedicated laboratories. We teach about the elements and materials that make up the world around us, from common household materials such as plastics and metals, to the complex molecules that make up living organisms. We are committed to offering a wide range of practical work and also offer many co-curricular opportunities, from our lower school Chemistry Club to support for the Chemistry Olympiad.Geology
Why study Geology? Geology is the study of the planet on which we live. In studying Geology you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the world around you and the trials and tribulations that have taken place to form our planet as we know it today. Geology will open your eyes to a science with a wide array of applications and opportunities, from studying the destructive power of our planet to the ongoing search for natural resources needed in everyday life. Currently, the world is crying out for geoscientists in industry and we aim to ignite that passion for the study of the Earth through Geology.Physics
We would be lost without Physics. All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones would not be here. Nor would the electricity supply that charges them and powers so many things that we use every day. Did you know that physicists invented the World Wide Web? Physicists are constantly finding new things. They have recently shown that teleportation is possible – who knows what that will lead to in a few years’ time?
Physics also deals with the big questions. Are there parallel universes? Will we ever travel back in time? Why do we always find the smallest bits of cereal at the bottom of the packet? Find out the answers to these questions and many more.