Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. In fact, it is the study of all materials and it is vital to all aspects of our lives and environment.
The enthusiasm for Chemistry within the department has resulted in pupils enjoying a rich experience outside the classroom in initiatives such as the Form I Chemistry Club and the ‘Top of the Bench’ quiz team, who regularly finish in the top 5 at the UK final and were victorious in 2002. Performances in SQA examinations are very pleasing, with an excellent example in 2012, when 9 out of 19 pupils at Advanced Higher and 77% of Higher pupils were awarded A grades, while at Standard Grade 94% of pupils achieved Credit, with 87% at Grade 1.
We have links with local universities, including hosting a visiting University Ambassador from the University of St Andrews, who runs a CREST award course for the Form 1 Chemistry Club during the autumn term. Our pupils also have the opportunity to visit the university labs as part of the SCIS Masterclass and some pupils have undertaken research projects with the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary during their summer holidays.
Throughout all our courses we aim to increase practical skills, literacy, numeracy, problem-solving ability and the capacity for independent study. By Form 6, pupils are well prepared in terms of the practical, report-writing and research skills required for further study in tertiary education.
Chemistry is taught independently of the other sciences from the outset in Form I and detailed information on our courses can be found in the subject choice booklets.
The Chemistry department consists of five chemists and one technician with a wide variety of experience, from SQA marking to industrial research, and interests ranging from mountaineering to in-line skating.
|Miss Jane Crudass||Head of Chemistry||
Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions
|Mr David Brett||Deputy Head of Chemistry||Duke of Edinburgh Training|
|Mrs Carol Sinclair||Chemistry Teacher||Top of the Bench quiz team|
|Dr Philip Taylor||Chemistry Teacher||
Duke of Edinburgh Training
Form 1 Chemistry Club
|Mrs Gayle Spinks||Chemistry Teacher||Head of Charities|
For further information, please see the curriculum pages.