Science is the study of the world we are in and at Hartsdown our objective is that students are inspired by the beauty and complexity of the world.

In chemistry we aim for our students to be responsible and aware of their impact on the environment. One of the many topics we study is environmental chemistry, which allows our students to understand the chemical basis behind many of the initiatives undertaken by governments and the business world.

Biology is at the forefront of scientific research. The Covid19 research programme has shown the vital contribution of biology to society.

Our objective at Hartsdown is to help the students of today understand biological concepts so that they can one day become the doctors and scientists of tomorrow.

Physics has no limits: everything in life, all the way to the end of the universe and beyond, is related to Physics. We aim to inspire the next generation of physicists so they can surpass the limits of development and understanding and involve them in finding solutions to the problems we face in the 21st century.

In physics, students develop practical skills that include planning and analysis of scientific research. Our department views Physics as something more than just a subject, and the objective is for students to understand the importance of research and the impact it has on our daily lives.

  • Outcomes – Students work with Canterbury University to ensure top grades and have opportunities to continue Science in 6th Form
  • Careers – Medicine, Research, Education .

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow the challenging International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This curriculum pushes them to understand scientific thinking

Amongst other things students will learn:

  • How to conduct experiments
  • Forces
  • Electrical circuits

They will have lots of opportunities to investigate and analyse.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students complete GCSE Science. This course is a great foundation for the sciences and allows students to go from Hartsdown to further studies and ultimately STEM based careers.


Hartsdown runs a popular science club where students are able to explore their own scientific interests under the supervision of the science department.
To encourage students to pursue scientific careers some students have the opportunity to visit Pfizer and understand the diversity of science careers.

As part of work to ensure that children get top grades at Hartsdown we are involved in Excellence Days at Dane Court Grammar. During these days students have opportunities to compete with students from Dane Court and to work on Grade 8-9 work.

We work with local universities to give students opportunities to work alongside scientists and understand science based careers..

Student Comments

“I have loved science at Hartsdown. I love experiments and getting to learn new things.”

Year 8

“Science is incredible we have got to make working electrical circuits and to experiment with chemical reactions.”

Year 7

“I am currently training to be a Paramedic and my experience at Hartsdown both in science and in Health and Social Care encouraged me to pursue this career.”

Ex Student

“I found science difficult but I received amazing support including mentoring and achieved a grade 7. The science teachers really support you to achieve your potential.”

Year 12