Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.


  • Head of Faculty – Mr M Everson
  • Assistant Head of Science – Miss M Hindle

Curriculum Intent

In science students will learn to develop hypothesise, critically analyse and draw conclusions in order to reason and understand the phenomena that surrounds them. Through practical science students will develop an appreciation of qualities such as precision, safety and resilience. A deeper understanding of science enables students to make informed decisions and confidently articulate their opinion based on evidence. The curriculum is designed to continually build on prior knowledge through consolidation and deeper questioning of scientific ideas.
Each student will have the opportunity to access science beyond the classroom through interactions with STEM ambassadors and trips to experience real life applications of their learning.
The final aim of the science curriculum is to create life-long learners. Students who will question ideas to seek truth and knowledge.

Curriculum Map

Science Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3 students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. Students are in mixed ability groups during year 7 and the first term of year 8. Following this students are placed in to set groups. Progress is monitored continuously to ensure setting is appropriate for each student. Students receive 3 hours per week of Science throughout key stage 3.

We have recently moved to a 2 year key stage 3, this ensures the National curriculum is covered in depth whilst allowing enough time to study the revised 1-9 GCSE.

Our key stage 3 is designed to “spiral” learning. This allows content covered in year 7 to be revisited and extended in year 8.

Key Stage 4

Our key stage 4 provision provides two pathways. The majority of students study Combined Science. This course covers all 3 science and is assessed using 6 exams at the end of year 11, 2 x Biology, 2 x Chemistry and 2 x Physics. Students receive 4 hours per week Combined Science.

The specification can be found here. https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Alternatively, some students study Separate Science. This course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics but in greater demand and with increased challenge. This course is well suited to those students with ambition to study Science at college. Students receive 6 hours per week Separate Science.

The specifications can be found here. https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse​


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