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Science

Pupils can choose to study either Biology, Chemistry and Physics leading to three separate GCSEs or GCSE Trilogy which comprises all three subjects in slightly less detail and leads to two GCSEs. 

In Year 9 girls are taught the core material from all three science subjects and there is no distinction between which route they are following. Girls then have the option of which course they wish study in Years 10 and 11. Both routes are taught as individual sciences using specialist teachers and cover a comprehensive curriculum aimed at promoting a greater depth of knowledge, a broader range of skills and the ability to pursue A levels in the sciences. 

Challenge & Extension: Students are required to actively participate and become engaged within their chosen science course by reading around the topics taught, watching the media for science related stories and documentaries and by researching and extending their subject knowledge online. There are a range of extension opportunities to challenge the most able and to support those unsure of their knowledge, including visits and talks from alumnae and guest speakers. Students are also encouraged to become involved in helping extend Science Club to the Lower School and to attend MedSoc meetings with Sixth Form Science Prefects.

Students may also be selected to represent the school at a variety of competitions. Recently, teams have entered and been successful at Reading University's Science Challenge and the TeenTech Challenge.

All opportunities are designed to engage and inspire students' interests and aspirations.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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