The sciences are amongst the most popular and successful subjects at Reigate Grammar School.
All students study Biology, Physics and Chemistry up to the end of the Fifth Form (Year 11) and large numbers continue at least one of these to AS and A2 level. The sciences are also well represented in the courses students choose to follow at university: last year a quarter of our Upper Sixth leavers went on to study the sciences, engineering or medicine.
All pupils in the First and Second Forms (Years 7 and 8) are taught general science using a bespoke in house course with the focus on stimulating topics and practical skills.
In the Third Form, each of the three sciences are taught separately and students start the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry course. This course culminates in the 5th form with their IGCSE examinations which consist of two written papers. There are also a large number of activities and trips to enrich and extend students including the Top of the Bench competition, Chemistry Challenge and various lectures by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The department results are very strong, with over 80% of students achieving A* or A grades.
In the Sixth form, Chemistry is the most popular of the three sciences at RGS. There are usually four or five sets in each year of A-level study. Results at this level have also been excellent; at A2 in the last three years over 85% of candidates obtained A*, A or B grades. Outside lessons, the department promotes a regular series of lectures, visits and clubs, including the Chemistry Olympiad and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
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