The Chemistry department aims to foster a love for, and understanding of, the subject in all our students. We do this by promoting scholarly work and involvement with the practical aspects of Chemistry. It is our belief that everyone should be excited by the journey of discovery that is the study of Science.
The Chemistry department is staffed by 8 full-time Chemistry teachers and 2 excellent dedicated technicians. This means that we have demanding, engaging and exciting Chemistry lessons with all age groups.
Chemistry is integrated in the Year 7 course and is taught as Science. In Year 8, students are taught separate sciences by specialist teachers.
All students in Years 9-11 study separate Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry. The girls are also taught biology and physics as separate courses by specialist teachers at part of Triple Award Science. We consider this course to be an excellent preparation for post-16 Chemistry, allowing us much greater scope to explore topics in depth during the Sixth Form.
Whether the pupils are pursuing A Level or IB diploma, Chemistry is a very popular Sixth Form choice. Students leave North London to study at degree level in a variety of disciplines such as Chemistry, Natural Sciences and Medicine. Our aim is to ensure all students leave the School with the ability to make sense of the physical world around them and able to deal with problems through returning to first principles.
Sixth Form students are involved in a popular after school Organic Synthesis club where they can undertake first year undergraduate practical work. They are also involved with lectures and debates in collaboration with other schools. Younger students are involved in the Science Club and we have started to do the CREST award for young scientists to take on more involved projects.
Students of all ages are encouraged explore Chemistry outside of school, be it the Chemistry Olympiad competition (in 2015 girls achieved the best results in the history of the School – 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze awards), the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge (in 2016 girls achieved the best results in the history of the school – 3 gold, 7 silver and 11 copper awards), the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry, the RSC National Chemical Analyst competition (in 2017 girls from NLCS won their regional round and are waiting to see if they have qualified for the national round) and the Top of the Bench competition as well as lectures at a variety of London university departments or analytical competitions.