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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
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Science Directorate

Curriculum Intent

In Science at The De La Salle Academy, our intent is to provide a curriculum which enables every student to explore and discover the world around them, confidently and safely, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

Directorate Staff
Mr R. Owens
Miss E. Cantrill
Mr R. Higham
Mrs L. Smith

Scientific understanding is central to our existence on Earth. We live on a planet filled with life, movement, and technology, and we seek to understand our world and the universe beyond. The more complex our world becomes, and the more we look to improve our lives, the greater our need for scientific literacy. Our goal is to develop scientifically literate individuals by teaching them to think critically in school and as life long learners.

We set out to instil a never-ending curiosity about the world and to develop the skills necessary to investigate questions.  We seek to challenge students to recognise problems, ask and explore questions, formulate ideas, handle data with accuracy, reach conclusions, and express their findings clearly.  We use a knowledge based curriculum of fundamental scientific principles in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  We believe students learn best by doing so we regularly enable exciting, practical hands on, minds on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning and develop the ability to communicate ideas.   

We work hard in lessons to help students see how their own learning is progressing and how this learning is taking place. Our aim being to help students acknowledge their success and enjoy being confident about learning science.

We believe that these opportunities will ensure our students leave school equipped with the knowledge and skills which are sought by employers in all sectors.

Curriculum Implementation







Curriculum Impact




Examination Information 

Examination Information

GCSE Combined Science
Contact: Mrs A. Braithwaite
Applies to: Years 9 -11
Course Type: GCSE Science Trilogy
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 8464
Board Website:


GCSE Separate Science
Contact: Mrs A. Braithwaite
Applies to: Year 10 and 11 Separate Science
Course Type: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462, Physics 8463
Board Website: