When pupils first enter the School they go through a brief programme introducing them to the laboratories and basic safety procedures before embarking on their Key Stage 3 Science course studying a diverse range of topics centred on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils are taught in ability sets from Year 7 and can change groups as a result of their all-round achievement in classwork, homework, practical studies and tests. The Chemistry studied by pupils is organised in a variety of ways. All topics rely heavily on practical work and draw on everyday experience. Pupils are exposed to many teaching situations, ranging from teacher centred studies to individualised learning. Much emphasis is placed on the understanding, relevance and of course the enjoyment of Chemistry. We believe it is important for children to appreciate the awe and wonder of the natural world.