At Derby High we teach all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) as separate subjects. The Science department comes together as one, however, for five days of Science Week activities in March each year and the whole of our Upper 5 (Year 11) attend GCSE Science Live. Our Sixth Form science students also attend Biology, Physics and Chemistry In Action days (depending on which of the sciences they are studying at A Level).
All L5 (Y10) Biology students take the 'Biology Challenge' and this year 4 of our Upper Sixth A Level Biologists opted to take part in the British Biology Olympiad. There are occasional Biology speakers at 'SciSoc' to educate our students about STEM career opportunities. Our A Level Biology students visit Preston Montford Field Studies Centre for a residential field trip as part of their studies.
Each year we enter a team of Chemists from U4 to U5 (Years 9 to 11) in the Royal Society of Chemistry's 'Top of the Bench' competition. This year our team won the East Midlands Regional Heat of the competition and are now looking forward to competing in the National Finals (click here to find out more)! Our L6 Chemistry students compete in the 'Schools Analyst' competition (read how our team were placed 2nd in this year's competition) whilst our U6 students have the opportunity to take part in the Chemistry Olympiad.
Our Sixth Form Physics students have the opportunity to attend a talk by well known Physicist, Brian Cox. We offered this trip 2 years ago and were delighted to find he is returning to Derby in 2019! Our U6 Physics students also have the chance to take part in the U6 Physics Olympiad and all of our Sixth Form Physics (and Chemistry) students this year were offered the chance to visit CERN in Switzerland, home of the large hadron collider. This is the second time we have run this trip, find out more about the 2018 visit to CERN here.