Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter and how chemical change happens. In Chemistry we understand the properties of individual atoms, how atoms form chemical bonds to create chemical compounds, the interactions within substances that give matter its general properties and the interaction between substances through chemical reactions to form different substances.
In Years 7 and 8 students are taught General Science. Currently (2015-16) the Chemistry Department teaches AQA separate sciences GCSE to Years 9 and 10. In Years 11-13 we teach the Edexcel A level Chemistry which broadens and develops the ideas learnt at GCSE. Along with the rest of the school, the Chemistry Department is converting to teaching AQA new syllabus GCSE to Years 9-11 with the A level converting to a 2-year course from 2018-19 academic year.
Students who have studied Chemistry have gone on to study a range of related courses at university, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Midwifery, and Dentistry.
- Dr Davies, Head of Chemistry
WHO WE ARE
Dr Davies Head of Chemistry
Since I was a young boy I have always loved science, especially Chemistry and a degree in Chemistry was a natural choice. I studied Chemistry at Aberystwyth and stayed there to do a PhD, in the response of matter to ultrafast laser pulses. I then did post-doctoral research in Physics at Cardiff University before working in high technology industry as a development engineer and subsequently engineering management roles. I trained as a teacher in 2009 and joined Colyton Grammar School in 2014. I love teaching and regard it as one of the most valuable jobs possible.
Dr Rorke Chemistry Teacher
Mrs Simpson Chemistry Teacher
Mr Stone Chemistry Teacher