Selly Oak Trust School

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Science Specialism

Selly Oak Trust School became a Specialist Science College in September 2006, as a result of the excellent work undertaken in previous years, securing remarkable outcomes for our students in their public examinations.

We have raised standards of achievement in science and mathematics for students across the ability range

The school has been particularly successful in helping students who have made little or no progress before joining the school to achieve examination results up to and including Grade B at GCSE.

As a Specialist Science College, we have become a centre of excellence for teaching science and mathematics. 

We have raised standards of achievement in science and mathematics for students across the ability range, leading to whole school improvement and we have provided young people with the skills needed to progress into employment, further training or higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.

We have used our Specialist Science College status to support our partner schools in developing their Science curriculum. Our partnership with our partner schools has enabled sustainable links to be developed which has resulted in shared learning opportunities. 

In March 2013 The Head of Science, Gill James and 2nd in Department, Ann Curtis visited Cofton Primary School as part of the Science Specialism to deliver WOW science experiments to all the staff. The experiments that were delivered included Flubber, Plant indicators, Electric Fruit and a demonstration on how to make Rockets. These experiments can now be successfully delivered by the staff of Cofton Primary to pupils in all years to raise attainment and enrich the Science curriculum.

Year 9 pupils have also recently been involved in the National foundation for educational research, this was ran by Kings College London with assistance from NFER. Pupils were involved in a nationwide longitudinal study of pupil's attitudes and aspirations in science. They understook a 30 minute online survey and logged their opinions about science, the purpose of this survey was to ascertain how students perceptions of science changes over time, and to follow their career choices. The findings from the overall research will be used to feed into the educational policies of the future.