'Sir, why is the Large Hadron Collider so important and so expensive, and are we all going to die?'
Third-Former - September 8th 2008
'A bit of a waste of money wasn't it, Sir?' Same Third-Former - September 24th 2008
Science rarely makes for good headlines in the UK, and is often delivered in a misleading and scare-mongering way!
Within the link pages to Biology, Chemistry, Electronics and Physics departments you will find just a few examples of the issues and questions that naturally curious teenage boys want to discuss and understand from a better-informed viewpoint. The key to understanding scienctific issues is to really understand how science works as a discipline and whenever possible to test one's own conceptual understanding by practical and/or mahtematical investigation. To this end boys at Sherborne are prepared for either the Dual Award or Separate Science qualifications at IGCSE. We firmly believe that it is only by a real appreciation of how science develops theories and models to describe the physical world and by understanding these theories and models (rather than just having a factual knowledge of them) that boys leaving the school will be able to make sense of the increasingly complex and confusing world portrayed by the media.
The change to the IGCSE qualification has proved remarkably successful seeing the best science results ever achieved at Sherborne, with a large uptake for all of the science departments at both AS/A2.