Why Study Chemistry?
Chemistry lies at the heart of all science, providing the link between the world of subatomic physics and molecular biology. Realise it or not, deep down we are all chemists. Every time we cook a meal, take a breath, or even light a match, we perform a chemical reaction. Chemical innovation is at the very heart of modern life and, from the invention of the catalytic convertor to the development of pharmaceuticals, chemists have played a pivotal role in shaping the world around us.
Our chemistry department therefore aims to inform and challenge pupils in a safe, positive learning environment. Pupils are encouraged to problem solve and think independently; providing them with the skills they need to succeed not only in their exams, but in their future lives.
We recognise that pupils thrive best when they are enjoying their studies and, to that end, practical work forms an integral part of the curriculum. From diffusion experiments at the beginning of the Third Form, to redox chemistry and volumetric analysis in the latter stages of the Sixth Form, our pupils are guaranteed to gain hands-on experience of the subject in modern, well-equipped laboratories.
In Your Element ...
Pupils at King's are encouraged to read widely, enabling them to fully appreciate the latest chemical and medical advances. Our libraries are well stocked with up-to-date texts and chemical literature, which supports the courses we deliver and further inspires those who wish to study chemistry or related sciences at university.
Chemistry at the cutting edge can also be experienced through the wide variety of enrichment opportunities on offer. While the Sixth Form enjoy lecture conferences and events at local universities, the Lower School enjoy trips to Science Live! and the Big Bang fair, as well as in-school talks from a thriving Science Society lecture programme.
Ben grew up in Taunton, before reading chemistry at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Since then, he has held post-doctoral research posts at Cardiff University, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre, and the University of Bath.
Dr David Snell
Dr Snell studied applied chemistry at the University of Coventry, before pursuing a career in product development, during which time he joined the Royal Marine Reserves, culminating in serving on Operation Herrick 7.
Dafydd studied chemistry at Cardiff University. He joined us with his wife Laura from Llandovery College where he was a housemaster and Head of Co-Curricular Activities. Dafydd is also a level 3 rugby coach.