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St Francis Xavier

Curriculum by year

Use the links below to view our Science curriculum for each year group.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11


At SFX our students think like a scientist because...

they ask questions. They are curious about the world they live in and are eager to prove or disprove theories and hypothesis. They are critical thinkers and can analyse and evaluate scientific data. They can discuss the terms bias, validity and peer review. They listen to other viewpoints and give evidence informed conclusions.


Recent research used to inform practices in Science

  • EEF – Improving secondary science
  • Ofsted Science review
  • Rosenshine’s principles
  • Diagnostic Questioning – Craig Barton
  • Retrieval Practise - Kate Jones


Science vision

The Science curriculum at St Francis Xavier School is delivered by enthusiastic subject specialists with the expertise to facilitate outstanding progress enabling students to maximise their full potential.

Our flexible curriculum enriches students understanding of science in the world and is interrelated to current issues, ethics and the impact of science. It is taught in a way that ensures students have the knowledge, vocabulary and compassion to enable them to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically, and appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives.

As well as providing the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics our curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to think independently and to be courageous in their pursuit of knowledge applying it to a vast range of contexts. This in turn empowers the students to have the confidence to utilise their skills in an appropriate pathway be that, academic or vocational to become stewards, changing the world for the better.


Whole school visions

Use the links below to view our whole school vision and curriculum vision. 

Whole school vision Whole school curriculum vision 


Curriculum team

  • Mrs T Naisbitt – Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs S Hawkins - Teacher of Science (Biology)
  • Miss R Hurton - Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
  • Mrs L McPhee - Teacher of Science (Physics)
  • Mrs R Meek – Teacher of Science (Biology)
  • Mr A Nolan - Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
  • Mrs R Savage - Technician


KS4 courses 

  •  GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy - AQA (8464)
  •  GCSE Biology - AQA (8461)
  •  GCSE Chemistry - AQA (8462)
  •  GCSE Physics - AQA (8463)


Enrichment opportunities

In addition to the timetabled lessons the Science department enhances the curriculum through a number of clubs and activities:

  • Chemistry Club
  • Scholars Club
  • KS3 Physics Club
  • Science Club


We also have strong links with the following organisations:

  • ConocoPhilips
  • Cummins
  • Durham University