Science Faculty

Birchwood Scientists will be using their newly acquired scientific knowledge & skills to be able to question, analyse and challenge the key decision makers of our world.



To contact a member of this Faculty, click their staff initials to open a new e-mail

MBE Mr M Briscoe Head of Faculty
CCO Mr C Cusumano Science
CGK Mr C Gilbank PE / Science
CLE Miss C LaLonge Science
CPD Mrs C Pressland Science
ERA Dr E Rodionova Science
JHD Mr J Hipwood Science
JJO Mr J Johnson Science
RES Mr R Edwards Science
RLY Mr R Loveday Science / PE
TWP Mr T William-Powlett Science
ZBD Mrs Z Birand Science

Curriculum Maps

Sixth Form

A-level; AQA

A-level; OCR

A-level; AQA

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities will be available shortly.



After school


Subject Support


Year 9

Drop-in lunch time sessions for help and support with classwork and home learning
Friday 1:30-2:00 pm
September-October: Biology and Physics
November-December: Biology and Chemistry

After school

Year 10

After-school topic-based revision sessions 15.30 -16.30
Thursday: Chemistry with Mrs Ryan (C13)

Year 11

After-school topic-based revision sessions 15.30-16.30
Monday: Biology with Mrs Smith (C17)
Wednesday: Chemistry with Mrs Ryan (C13)
Thursday: Physics with Mr Langan (C11)
Friday: Triple Chemistry with Mrs Ryan (C13)
Saturday: Science Revision with Mr Langan, Mrs Ryan and Mrs Smith, 9.00-11.00


Year 12 Biology

As a part of their practical work, Year 12 biology students were investigating the effectiveness of different antibiotics on bacterial culture Microccus Luteum. This is a common bacterium that can be found on or hands and surfaces. The students mastered common aceptic techniques that are widely used in a microbiology lab.

The making of model cells

Last half term some Year 7 and Year 9 students completed a home learning project where they had to make a model of a cell. The students used research, imagination and an impressive set of skills from baking cakes, modelling with playdough and variety of the materials to 3D-printing in order to design and execute their models.
Year 7 students, who have just been exposed to the wonders of Cell Biology, focused on making the models of animal, plant and red blood cells, translating challenging key terms into a variety of colourful organelles, labelling them and explaining their functions. This work has truly been impressive and of a very high quality. Year 9 students took a step forward and presented eukaryotic cells, that all multicellular organisms are made of, and prokaryotic cells, found in bacteria. One group of very keen Biologists from Year 9 designed the models of eight highly specialised cells, including neuron and muscle cell, and made 3-D prints of these, accompanying each model with detailed annotations and labels.

Stem Club

Stem Club

This term we have focused on enriching the curriculum with a fun and educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club. Students have made density rainbows using coloured sugar solutions and most recently engineered spaghetti marshmallow towers. In a race against the clock students worked as a team to build the highest tower possible out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows. The objective of this session was to explore structures and investigate what methods of building can make the tallest and strongest structure.
More fun will follow this summer as students are challenged to build a marble run out of cardboard. Using engineering students will make a cardboard marble run that keeps a marble running for 30 seconds. All of year 7 are welcome. C10 Wednesday lunch
Mrs Pressland, Science