The separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught in Upper 3 and Lower 4 (Years 7 and 8). Girls progress on to GCSEs in Sciences from Upper 4 to Upper 5 (Years 9 – 11). The majority of our pupils follow the AQA Separate Science GCSE route which culminates in separate GCSEs in each science, with a minority following the Combined Science route which culminates in two science GCSEs.

In the Science Department we encourage pupils to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities to develop their inquiring and analytical minds. The clubs and activities which we offer are shown in the table below. In addition to these activities we regularly host guest speakers. Recently, we were awed by Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, who delivered a lecture to the whole senior school.

Extra-curricular activities for Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7 – 11)

  • STEM club
  • Lego robot club
  • Salters’ festival of Chemistry competition
  • Biology Junior Olympiad Challenge
  • Science in the news poster competition
  • Science fair
  • Exeter University meet the Scientists event
  • Exeter and East Devon Ogden Trust ‘Love Physics’ film maker’s competition
  • Annual lecture from the Institute of Physics


A new syllabus has been introduced for GCSE Science with a first examination in June 2018, which follows the AQA Specification.

All Maynard pupils embark on AQA Separate Science GCSEs in Upper 4 (Year 9), a course which leads to three separate GCSEs in Sciences. All pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately over a 3 year period (Year 7 – Year 9). This is an exciting and challenging course designed to make Science relevant to everyday life, while offering academic rigour.

Pupils will conduct 8 Core Practical Activities in each Science subject, the details of which can be assessed in the written examinations.