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Chemistry, Head of Department - Mrs C Smeaton

The Chemistry department has a team of dedicated subject specialists who enjoy inspiring our students. We have an excellent uptake of students to triple science and then on to A level studies

Learning takes place in a variety of forms ensuring all students are engaged and involved in lessons. Typical lessons can involve practical investigation and group work. Chemistry is a challenging, stimulating subject and we work hard to ensure that all students progress well and enjoy their lessons.

The department follows the AQA specifications at both GCSE and A level.

There is high uptake into A level Chemistry with good results to support this.

The department runs a club at Key Stage 5 to support Sixth Form students and to encourage the skills required for independent learning.

Findings from student voice questionnaires have always been positive with students speaking highly of the department and many students progress on to University to study related subjects such as medicine, biochemistry and geology as well as chemistry itself.

The Chemistry department aims to mix academic rigour with subject enjoyment to get the best out of all students from Y7 to Y13.

Course Description

The A level consists of 3 Units exploring Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Further information from AQA can be found at


The Chemistry Department

Head of Department

Mrs C Smeaton

Teachers of Chemistry

Miss H Dovey

Mr J Ingham

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811