Our aim in the chemistry department of Queen Anne’s School is to encourage girls to become independent learners through consideration of the results they obtain from practical activities and to ensure they have all the skills, both practical and theoretical, to ensure a smooth progression from L4 to A Level.
Experiments are enjoyable and spark the students’ interest in this subject. Last December, our lower school students expressed their creativity as they related chemical theory to real-life applications. The excitement was palpable as the students made bath bombs and fizzed, coloured and perfumed their way into the cosmetics industry!
We support and empower all our girls ensuring that they are stretched and challenged. They are encouraged to adopt a ‘can do’ approach and to aim for the best grade possible. Last year, our L6 students represented Queen Anne’s in the regional heat of the National Schools’ Analyst Competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry at the University of Reading. They spent the day in the university’s laboratories studying analgesics and analysing them using colorimetry.
The department is always a happy and upbeat place full of fun and laughter, which helps staff to be enthused during their lessons and is reflected in the girls’ attitude to the subject. Our team of support technicians are also an essential part of our success.
THE CHEMISTRY CURRICULUM
Our Science Centre is a state-of-the art building with seven laboratories; all are fully networked with computer points at each work space. A class set of laptops is available for accessing the internet and the VLE (virtual learning environment), for modelling, simulations and data-logging. Every lab has a data projector, with most also having Smart Boards. The building has a dedicated Sixth Form computer suite, a dark room and an integral greenhouse on the top floor.
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THE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT TEAM
Head of Science: Mrs Sarah Eagle
Head of Chemistry and Second in Science: Mr Neil Tuckwell
Chemistry: Ms Caroline Adler
Chemistry: Mrs Hilary Jones
Chemistry: Mrs Barbara Orpwood
Senior Laboratory Technician: Mrs Saiyma Iqbal
Laboratory Support Technician: Mrs Nina Eckett