Chelsea Academy has a specialism in Science. The vision of the science specialism is for all students to develop an understanding of the importance of the global and local ecological, environmental and ethical impact of science.

We are a school that produces the scientists of the future. Eighty per cent of our Sixth Form students study a science and through developing strong links with universities we have ensured that they are aware of the career opportunities that studying science can lead to. Many of our students take up the opportunity to take part in summer schools at Cambridge and Imperial College and plan to continue their studies at university.

Trips and visits

We have been fortunate enough to develop strong links with external agencies to provide extra opportunities for our students. We have run trips to….

  • The Royal Society Summer Exhibition
  • Scientist in Sport workshop at Kings
  • The Science Museum ‘Big Bang’ event
  • Salters Chemistry Festival
  • Cambridge University
  • Holloway University
  • The centre of the cell
  • Kings College – nanotechnology talk
  • Imperial College summer school
  • Lush – cosmetic chemistry
  • Royal Institution – young people’s Unconference
  • London Zoo
  • Science Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Kew Gardens
  • St George’s University Hospital
  • Juniper Hall
  • The Royal Institution Christmas lectures
  • Imperial College’s spectroscopy workshop
  • Old Operating Theatre
  • Latymer School – Simon Singh lecture
  • The moving brain at UCL
  • ‘Day Glow’ at the Royal Albert Hall – looking at pharmacogenetics
  • ‘Plug in your brain’ lectures at Westmister University
  • ‘Gods, devils and alcohol’ at Westminster School
  • RSCU essay launch evening
  • Building bridges project with the Science Museum
  • Exscitec Engineering
  • ‘When science attacks’ at Imperial
  • Latymer school – gifted and talented Saturday morning science

In the Academy

We continue to aim to become a focal point for science in the community. We run the hugely successful Chelsea Academy Student Teacher project with our feeder primary schools. Year 5 students visit the Academy and are taught transition science lessons by our students. This has not only developed important skills in our students but means Primary students are more familiar with the Academy when they start in September.

Parents and other community members attend our science fairs and lecture series. We have recently heard from the following speakers…

  • Lord Professor Robert Winston
  • ‘Imperial Racing Green’ project
  • Bike It – powering a TV with a bike
  • Dr Brunker – a medical physician from UCL
  • Dr Vanstone – A rocket scientist from Imperial
  • Dr Parker – researching bowel cancer at UCL
  • Dr Khanam – Chelsea Academy Christmas lectures
  • Understanding animal research
  • Physical engineer Henry Burridge
  • Astronomer Chris Green
  • Professor Robert Airey – Physics can be fun
  • Jodie Rawlings – British Heart Foundation
  • Medical students from St George’s University

Chelsea Academy Science Outreach

  • Chelsea Academy Student Teachers: Every Friday afternoon we host a class from a local primary school whilst Year 7-10 Chelsea Academy students teach them ‘secondary school science lessons’. The aim is to inspire the primary school students with activities they may not have access to at their own school, as well as to develop the leadership skills of our own students.
  • ‘Big Bang’ days: once a year we run a whole school event where science and STEM careers are the focus. With support from official STEM Ambassadors we run a series of science activities and invite all local primary schools to participate by bringing classes of students to the Academy. Again, our own students are our most valuable resource at these events, as they deliver simple science demonstrations in a ‘marketplace’ style session.
  • Supporting primary school science weeks: we offer support, resources and events for local primary schools in their science weeks. In the past we have helped to plan projects, provided practical equipment and even brought our students to run demonstrations attended by the entire primary school.
  • Primary science CPD: we draw on the wealth of experience in our science curriculum area to provide free training sessions for primary school teachers. So far these have focused on adapting to the new primary science curriculum and on ideas for practical activities and have received very positive feedback.