Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of Insight Multi-Academy Trust


Curriculum Intent

The science curriculum has been designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the scientific knowledge and ideas that impact them as individuals within a local and globalised context. As they move through the curriculum, students will be increasingly made to develop their curiosity, provide insight into working scientifically and appreciate the value of science in their everyday lives. Our curriculum provides a platform for more advanced science-based study, providing a gateway into a wide range of career opportunities. It also delivers a framework for understanding the natural world and supporting students to become scientifically literate participants in society

We address the following areas:

  • Key concepts: scientific thinking, the applications and implications of science, cultural understanding, and collaboration between students.
  • Key processes: practical and enquiry skills, critical understanding of evidence, communication in a variety of ways.
  • Curriculum opportunity: these are designed to encourage independent enquiry, the use of real-life examples, contemporary and historical perspectives.

Over the course students will explore these subject areas in a variety of ways including:
Experimentation, research, discussion, group work and comprehension activities.
There are a variety of assessments throughout the course to assess knowledge, understanding and application.  In this way we can provide the stretch and challenge needed to achieve the highest grades.

Key Stage 4 Exam Specification:
AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (Double Award)
AQA GCSE Biology
AQA GCSE Physics
AQA GCSE Chemistry

Key Stage 5 Exam Specification:
AQA A Level Biology
AQA A Level Physics: Astrophysics
AQA A Level Chemistry


Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
ST16 1NR

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ST16 1NJ


01785 223490