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 six lessons of science a fortnight. The course is taught in topics covering all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

Year 7

  • Biology: cells; body systems; reproduction
  • Chemistry: Passport to science; particles and their behaviour; acids and alkali
  • Physics: forces; sound; light; space

Year 8

  • Biology: health and lifestyle; ecosystems; adaptation and inheritance
  • Chemistry: Elements; atoms and compounds; the periodic table and separating techniques; metals
  • Physics: Electricity and magnetism; energy; motion and pressure

Assessment and Examinations 

Students are continually assessed on their pogress by end of topics and half termly assessments.  Assessments will be both summative and formative.  All students will sit a summative examination near the end of the academic year.

Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 students study the GCSE specifications over three years.  All students will follow the separate science route, where they will study the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Specialist teachers cover the three quallificiations.

Assessment and Examinations

  • All courses are linear and examinations are taken at the end Year 11.
  • Students can be assessed either on a foundation or a higher tier.  
  • 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
  • University level lectures in all three science specialisms at key stage 5 
  • Hands on workshops at science based organisations for all levels
  • Working towards Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards