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The Chemistry team aim to develop in the students a fascination and enthusiasm for Chemistry, whilst building their knowledge and understanding.  We believe it is important for students to have a positive experience in Chemistry that is both enabling and challenging.  A variety of approaches to teaching and learning are used, including both practical and theoretical activities.  The students study the ideas and concepts that underpin the processes in the world around us giving them a solid platform from which they can progress through the key stages and onto higher education.  The department continues to build on its high standards and many of our students go on to study Chemistry as well as medicine, dentistry and a wide range of other courses at university.


Head of Department

Mr A Donovan


Mr J Birbeck-Bailes

Ms J Constantinou

Dr L Coupe

Mr D Boorman

Mrs S Boulden (Technician)


Izzy Burton

Georgia Sweeney

Alexander Rouet

Amy Wellard

Yasmin Sadler-Reeves

Sandhya Limbu

Shreanee Gurung

Charlotte Tyrell

Hemali Chintakuntla

Tireni Adeyemo


Karla Rizkallah

Sarah Gilani

Tina Beck

Shelly Thomas

Gemma Leigh Bohnn

Nash Parbhu

Isabel High

Key Stage 4


  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative Chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic Chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

Assessment, Marking and Feedback

  • Written feedback for end of topic assessments.
  • Regular verbal, self and peer assessment during lessons.
  • Rapid automated assessment and feedback using Educake and Google Forms
  • End of Year and PPE assessments.


Please click here for the AQA GCSE Chemistry specification 

A Level


Physical chemistry:

Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations, Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant K p for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry:

Periodicity, Group 2 (the Alkaline Earth metals), Group 7 (the Halogens), Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry:  

Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis, Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Chromatography

Assessment, Marking and Feedback 

  • Written feedback for end of topic assessments.
  • Regular verbal, self and peer assessment during lessons.
  • Mock exams and PPE assessments throughout the 2 year course.
  • One-to-one feedback and support sessions when requested by the teacher or student.


Please click here for the AQA A Level Chemistry specification

Exam Support



Be prepared for lessons and ensure you have:

  • your Chemistry folder and that is it organised,
  • a pen, pencil and ruler, and a calculator,
  • read through your work from the previous lesson the night before the lesson,
  • Optional: your revision guide if you have one


You should attempt your homework on the night set (or as early as possible) so that you can resolve any problems with your teacher before the homework is due.

Topic Test and Exam preparation strategies:

  1. Attempt past paper questions and use mark schemes (see below)
  2. Memorise key ideas using summary sheets, flash cards or other revision material
  3. Complete Educake quizzes and Seneca learning to identify strong and weaker areas
  4. Ask your teacher for help with topics you find difficult
  5. Watch video tutorials on topics you find difficult

A Level

Independent study time in Year 12 vs estimated grade (guide based on previous sixth form students):

A Level study time


Division of time on independent study

Division of time on independent study

E.g. Based on 5 hours a week (as part of 15-20 hours total independent study)

20% Reading, note taking and preparing questions for the next part of the course 1 hour Reading ahead, and identifying questions for class
20% Set Homework 1 hour Set Homework
20% Summarising key concepts from recent lessons 1 hour Summarising key concepts from recent lesson
20% Exam questions 1 hour Exam questions
20% Learning/revising content 1 hour Learning/revising content


Potential Careers

Medicine, Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Clinical biochemistry, Forensic scientist, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Toxicologist, Environmental consultant, Higher education lecturer, Nuclear engineer, Patent attorney, Science writer, Secondary school teacher


Alannah King

Studying Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall (Cambridge) (2016-current)

Jodie Graham

Studying Biomedical Science at King’s College London (2016-current)

Michael Grela

Medicine at Queen Mary University (2016-current)



Science Club - Years 7-8

Trips and visits

Science @work - Year 10 

Pfizer Community Lab - Year 12

Support Sessions 

Tuesday lunchtime - A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics support

Thursday lunchtime - GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics support

Stretch and Challenge

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge: click here to find out more