“The true men of action of our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen but the scientists. Unfortunately, poetry cannot celebrate them, because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons and are, therefore, speechless. When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing-room full of dukes.”
WH Auden, 1963
The Dyer’s Hand, ‘Poet and the City’
The science department strives to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science. To this end, as well as our academic record, we aim to widen students’ experience of science beyond the school lab. Previous activities include participation in various competitions (e.g. the Salter’s Festival); biology field trips; visits to several specialist laboratories including Durham University astronomy department, Newcastle University medical school and Glaxo’s laboratories. The department also runs a thriving STEM club.
In the 2016 PISA tests, Carmel students’ results were higher than the national results for every country in the world, including OECD leaders such as Japan, Finland and Estonia. On average, they were a year and four months ahead in their science knowledge compared to their contemporaries elsewhere.
The department is housed in the Newton building, a purpose-built suite of nine state-of-the-art laboratories, two science-dedicated classrooms, two resource areas and two prep rooms, as well as a science garden.
We are very fortunate in having an excellent mix of subject specialists within the department: all GCSE and A Level courses are taught by subject specialists.