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Curriculum

Science

Boys learn best by doing

Pilgrims' scientists are noted at their senior schools for their confidence, their accomplished practical skills, and their all-round theoretical ability. Our science curriculum is devised so as to root an understanding of theoretical science within a practical learning that is relevant to the boys' lives and experience. By the time they reach Year 8, our boys are confident scientists, often working to the equivalent of GCSE level practicals.

Developing an awareness of the natural world

Science teaching in the Junior years aligns with other core subjects to provide the boys with an investigative framework. They learn to think within the scientific method, making predictions, testing them through experimentation and evaluating their results.

 

Science in the senior years

Senior boys study the separate fields of biology, chemistry and physics. Working in two fully equipped laboratories, with close instruction from our specialist science teachers, they hone their skills at practical work and learn to adopt new methods of experimentation. Importantly, they begin to use their extended theoretical knowledge to design their own experiments. With such a strong focus on the importance of practical work, our lab technician provides invaluable assistance to the busy department.

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away  between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.