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Overview of the Science Department

Science at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy is a large department which has an extremely broad range of experience in numerous Science disciplines. We are working collaboratively to provide the best quality Science education for our young people, to ensure we stay abreast of the latest scientific innovation and teaching practises and develop beginning teachers to tier full potential. We strive to include as much practical work as possible in the education we deliver so that students receive a hands-on approach to learning.

Meet the Science teachers

Name Role About them 
Mr Marrill Curriculum Director of Science Mr Marrill has been teaching for 17 years and has recent joined Haberdashers Crayford this year. Despite being a biologist, he has a passion for fireworks. 
Dr Nisi 2 i/c Science and Head of Physics Dr Nisi is an experienced physics teacher and has been at the school for 2 years.
Ms Elliott Head of Biology Ms Elliott has recently started at Crayford. She has a completed a degree Physiology and Biochemistry. She is incredibly passionate about Neuroscience.
Ms Elmi Lead Practitioner/ITT Coordinator Ms Elmi has been at the school for almost 5 years and has completed a Biomedical Science degree. She teaches Psychology as well as Science and is passionate about Microbiology.
Ms Sojinrin Assistant Principal Ms Sojinrin teaches Chemistry, she has been in Haberdashers since 2017. She studied Biochemistry at university and enjoys sampling good food in her spare time. 
Ms Akinyemi Science Teacher Ms Akinyemi has been at the school for 3 years and completed her degree in Chemistry. She is extremely passionate about all things Chemistry. 
Mr McCormack Science Teacher & Head of House Mr McCormack completed a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science before specialising with a master’s degree in Cancer Biology. He then went on to work in the cancer research industry (focused on cervical cancer) before becoming a teacher. Mr McCormack has been at HACA for 2 years and co-ordinates the Applied Science BTEC. He is passionate about medical sciences and neuroscience. 
Ms Smith Science Teacher Ms Smith has been a science teacher at physics for 3 years. She has a degree in physics. She is passionate about climate change and astronomy.
Mr Alomoge Science Teacher & Head of Year 10 Mr Alomoge has been teaching for almost 14 years and joined Haberdashers’ Crayford in 2017. He has a degree in Biochemistry and a masters in pharmaceutical sciences. Mr Alomoge's passion is Chemistry. 
Ms Stanhope Science Teacher Ms Stanhope has been teaching for 9 years and has a degree in Chemistry from the University of York. Her favourite Scientist is Dorothy Hodgkin who used X-Ray diffraction to determine the structure of Penicillin.
Ms Middlemiss Science Teacher Head of Year 8 Ms Middlemiss teaches both Science and Design technology, her passion is Biology.
Mr Arthur Science Teacher Mr Arthur joined Crayford Academy in September 2020. He's been teaching all three sciences for 24 years and obtained his degree in Applied and Human Biology at the University of Aston in Birmingham.
Ms Sullivan Science Teacher and Lead Teacher in Child Development Ms Sullivan joined the Academy four years ago as a PE and Science teacher and has since stepped into the role of Lead Teacher of Child Development. She studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton and is passionate about how young people grow, learn and develop.
Ms Mackay Science Teacher & Head of Health and Social Care Ms Mackay has been at HACA for almost 7 years and has a degree in Psychology. She is Head of Health and Social Care as well as teaching Science and is passionate about mental health in young people. 
Ms Vitalino   Trainee Science Teacher Ms Vitalino completed a Masters degree in Chemistry and has recently joined the academy. She is eager to help students apply scientific knowledge to everyday life. She also has a particular interest in computational chemistry and the application of developing technology in modern day science.
Ms O’Reilly Trainee Science Teacher Ms O'Reilly has recently joined Haberdashers Crayford. She has completed a degree in Neuroscience and is passionate about the nervous system and human biology. 

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

KS3 Chemistry begins by introducing the new Year 7 students to the secondary science laboratory with a cross curricular focus on lab safety and building basic skills which the students will utilise throughout their time in the Science laboratory. Having completed this introductory course students move on to learning the fundamental foundations of Chemistry building on concepts such as Particles and their behaviour, Elements, atoms and compounds, Chemical reactions and acids and alkalis. Students in year 8 will study Separation techniques, The periodic table, Metals and acids and the Earth.  

View our Key Stage 3 Chemistry Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

With this knowledge students embark on their Key Stage 4 GCSE journey. They will both building on the fundamental knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 by revisiting topics such as Acids and alkalis, chemical reactions and the Earth and its environment. Students will deepening their understanding of Chemistry through the study of new topics such as reversible reactions and equilibria, Quantitative analysis and Hydrocarbons.  

View our Key Stage 4 Chemistry Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

Armed with this knowledge students that have studies both GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Chemistry (Separate Science) will be ready to take on the challenges of A-Level Science where a broader and deeper understanding of the intricate world of Chemistry. “Its all about the electrons when students learn more about ionic and covalent bonding to include induced dipoles and London Dispersion forces. Not forgetting the beauty of aromatic compounds, the structure and bonding in benzene and electrophilic substitution to name but a few of the myriad of interesting A-Level Chemistry topics.  

View our Key Stage 5 Chemistry Curriculum Map

What qualifications can be gained?  

GCSE: Combined Science

GCSE: Chemistry (when taken alongside Chemistry and Physics as part of the Separate Science course.

A-Level Chemistry

How does Chemistry prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?  

GCSE Chemistry leads into A-Level Chemistry

Students that study A-Level Chemistry can progress to an undergraduate degree in several disciplines within Chemistry.

Chemistry graduates can enter fields such as:

  • Astronaut -Astronauts fly spacecraft or work as part of the crew.

  • Botanist -Botanists study all forms of plant life and have many different job roles in lots of areas.

  • Chemical engineer -Chemical engineers research and design machinery used to turn raw materials into everyday products.

  • Dentist -Diagnose and treat teeth and mouth problems, work to prevent dental disease, and promote oral health.

  • Geoscientist -Geoscientists study the structure of the  - Earth and how it was formed over time.

  • Geotechnician- Geotechnicians work with geoscientists to collect and analyse data from soil, rocks and water.

  • Homeopath -Homeopaths create natural remedies to try and stimulate the body’s healing process.

  • Oceanographer -Oceanographers use knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and geology to study seas and oceans.

  • Pathologist -Pathologists diagnose disease by examining cells, tissue samples, and sometimes performing autopsies

  • Psychiatrist -Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.

  • Surgeon -Surgeons carry out operations and medical procedures on patients.

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews