Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances, and how substances interact with energy.  Many people think of chemists as being white-coated scientists mixing strange liquids in a laboratory, but the truth is we are all chemists.

Doctors, nurses and veterinarians must study chemistry, but understanding basic chemistry concepts is important for almost every profession. Chemistry is part of everything in our lives.

Chemistry is found everywhere.  All matter is made up of atoms, molecules and ions; simple structures and giant structures.  Chemical principles underpin the physical environment in which we live.  Chemistry is part of time and history and directs us to a future.  From the atomic, molecular, supramolecular and nanotechnological to the macroscopic state, it explains processes deep within the earth, in the oceans, on land, in industry, within our bodies, in the atmosphere, in space and beyond.  It is the key to the development and uses of materials and resources of the future and a powerful pointer to, and creator of, environmental change and a better and healthier world.  

Chemistry is also involved in everything we do, from growing and cooking food to cleaning our homes and bodies to launching a space shuttle.  Chemistry has the power to explain innumerable phenomena in the world, from the ordinary to the bizarre.  Why does iron rust?  What makes propane such an efficient, clean-burning fuel?  How can soot and diamond be so different in appearance yet so chemically similar? Chemistry has the answer to these questions and many more.  Understanding chemistry is the key to understanding the world as we know it.

As one of the natural sciences, Chemistry is also one of the physical sciences that help us to describe and explain our world.  Chemistry is called "the central science," because it bridges Physics with other natural sciences, such as Geology and Biology.

Facilities Available

The Chemistry Department is accommodated on the first floor of the Wessex Science Centre.  Pupils and staff enjoy working in a beautifully designed, state-of-the-art, fully networked and excellently resourced teaching and learning environment.  Teaching takes place in two specialised, laboratories and in two multi-science laboratories, each of which is individually designed to be light, airy, flexible in arrangement.  Furniture in the specialised laboratories is moveable to create different learning environments, and all rooms have separate experimental work stations and dry research areas.  Laboratories are equipped with digital projection and coupled interactive whiteboard resources, networked computing and Wi-Fi facilities, have access to the latest state-of-the-art animation and simulation computer software, the latest web-platform resources and Bluetooth data logging capability, they are equipped for mobile fume cupboard extraction and they contain a wealth of general and specialised items of apparatus and equipment, modelling resources, sensors, and abundant mains and internet points.  Practical work and chemical and material storage is supported by a centrally located, purpose built Preparation Room and additional specialist store room.  A comprehensively equipped Staff Resources and Work Room, with networked reprographic provision, is also centrally located next to the Preparation Room.  Impressive facilities within the Chemistry Department provide for excellent and comfortable environments in which pupils can investigate, discover, learn and be taught about the wonders and application of chemistry to the highest of standards.

Examination boards

  • Edexcel GCSE: Chemistry (1CH0)
  • Edexcel GCSE: Combined Science (1SC0)
  • Edexcel A Level Chemistry (9CH0)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) and the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (CP) with courses at both higher and standard levels in Chemistry. 

Chemistry clinics and examination support workshops are held frequently, and weekly as pupils approach examinations.  

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Open Morning cross-curricular events
  • Warminster Science Fortnight
  • Visiting lecturers - academia, industry, european
  • Curriculum enrichment activities
  • bridging projects and outreach programmes with feeder schools
  • CREST Award programme
  • STEM club
  • Smallpiece Trust courses
  • Weird Science Club
  • Cross-curricular teaching topics
  • Educational trips
  • CSI and Forensic Science investigations and competitions