Staff have degrees from Bristol, Liverpool, East Anglia, Surrey, and Oxford. Those staff with a 100% Chemistry teaching load are full members of the Royal College of Chemistry.
The Department has three very large and well-appointed teaching laboratories, all of which have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. There are two dedicated sixth form areas for quiet work or independent practical investigations. Our dedicated technician Anna Britton ensures that lessons contain appropriate and spectacular demonstrations and all pupils will partake in practical lessons on a regular basis. The Department has very strong links with the Bristol University Chemistry Department and makes regular visits there to use their labs and to take part in competitions. The Wycliffe team won the 2017 South West England and Wales Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical prize and took part in the national competition.
Wycliffe teaches the AQA specification for GCSE and A level. All Year 9 pupils follow an introductory term after which their GCSE studies begin. At the end of Y9, with our guidance, they opt for either a combined science award leading to two GCSEs or separate science awards leading to three individual GCSEs. DY pupils complete a single combined science GCSE during their year here. Chemistry A-level is a demanding course but it is a popular choice for those intending to study science at university.
Pupils from the Department have gone on to study Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Harvard, Bristol, UCL, Imperial, Cornell and many other well-respected institutions.