Science

Science at Colston’s inspires pupils to question and understand the world around them. Through practical study, group work and research projects, pupils explore a wide range of scientific concepts and develop the skills of analysis, evaluation, problem solving, communication and collaboration. The skills needed to become research scientists, doctors or engineers are transferable to careers outside of the sciences and highly valued by employers in many industries.

Our curriculum is enhanced by a range of projects we run with organisations such as Bristol University, the Engineering Development Trust and The Royal Society of Chemistry. For example, NanoX is an innovative partnership between Colston’s School and Bristol University’s Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN). Our pupils work with lecturers and PhD students over an extended period to research nanotechnology and present their work at a scientific conference held at the university.

We are proud of the success of our pupils in a number of national competitions, including the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge at which our Year 8 pupils came second in the country.

Pupils benefit from a range of educational activities and visits, including: Bristol Zoological Gardens, @Bristol and an exciting on site practical investigation day.

In Years 7 and 8 our pupils follow the National Curriculum, developing the knowledge and skills that form the foundations of future study through practical experiments and investigations. In Year 9 pupils begin studying the GCSE curriculum and are taught by specialist subject teachers. Pupils can study for three separate science GCSE qualifications or a Double Science qualification. Details of the different GCSE courses can be found using the links below: