At the end of Year 8 the data collected during the year is used to make decisions about options and sets for Year 9 and the start of GCSE. Students considering Triple Science must select it as an option and the top 30 students, from whatever set, will be considered.The course is topic based across, the three core subjects Biology, Chemistry and Physics providing the fundamental knowledge required to access GCSE with the skills lessons that give an explanation to how science is carried out in the academic and industrial worlds beyond High School and Sixth Form. Many of the lessons are, therefore, practical based, drawing on content from lesson, transferring maths, English and ICT skills and making links with SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural).
In each of Years 7 and 8, students complete 11 topics in each of the 3 main Science areas. Each topic is assessed with an end of unit test which is used to determine whether students are on, above or below their trajectory progression. This is supported by a range of assessment tasks, including homework, that give teachers an accurate picture of how well each student is performing. Appropriate intervention will be introduced if students fall below this expected progression or are well above expectations and need some further challenge. At the end of the year, the students will complete an end of year test and all of the test data is used to inform setting for the next academic year.