New Science Coordinator for Bolton
Wednesday, 09 December 2020
Mrs Kate Power, a former Head of Science from Our Lady’s Catholic High School, has been appointed to the new position of Science Coordinator at Bolton School Girls’ Division. Mrs Power is an experienced Science teacher with a particular interest in supporting the delivery of Science in Primary schools.
Having taken up her role at the start of the Autumn Term, Mrs Power is focused on inspiring girls from Year 7 to the Sixth Form but she is also charged with ensuring the smooth transition of Y6 children into Senior School. She has been working exclusively with Year 6 girls in the Junior School of the Girls’ Division, delivering major parts of the KS2 curriculum. This is a unique opportunity for the pupils to receive specialist teaching from a member of the Senior School science department, and is already proving to be a huge success. Pupils are able to develop their science knowledge to a deep level and this will ensure they are fully prepared for the demands of science in Year 7 and beyond. Having the specialist expertise of a member of the Senior School staff means pupils are able to take part in a wide range of exciting experiments and challenges during their lessons.
Approaching the end of the first term, she reflected: ‘It has been great to make a start in our Junior School, to meet the girls and to develop their understanding on the topic of light. Along with staff at our own Junior and Infant Schools, I am really looking forward to promoting Science amongst pupils. At Bolton School there is an emphasis on learning through experimental work and, once we return to normality, I hope to be able to share this with local primary schools as I develop my role leading our outreach programme in Science.’
‘Within the Senior School, I am particularly focused on Science at Key Stage 3 for the Y7 and Y8s, both inside and outside the classroom, and on Trilogy Science at Key Stage 4 for girls in Years 10 and 11. I shall also be dedicating time to curriculum development as well as cross-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives. My aim is to inspire girls into careers in STEM subjects and to promote Women in Science. The Sciences are already a popular option at GCSE and Advanced level, with many girls going on to study medicine, science, science-related subjects or engineering at university. I look forward to working with the Heads of Biology and Chemistry and the Physics Coordinator to help deliver the next generation of scientists.’
The Science Department in the Girls’ Division is the largest academic department in the School. It is equipped with eight well resourced laboratories with interactive white boards, as well as two preparation rooms and staff resource areas. Besides being able to study separate Sciences or Trilogy Combined Science, pupils enjoy a wide range of activities and visits including participating in the Crest Awards, the Biology Challenge, Biology and Chemistry Olympiads, the Salters Chemistry Festival, the RSC Christmas Lecture, Science Club, the Physics Olympics, a Jodrell Bank trip, Astrophysics Club, MedSoc, the Y12 Chemical Analysis Competition and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
Any Science teachers who want to make contact with Mrs Power, should email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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