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In an era where scepticism towards science is on the rise, and emerging economies rapidly outpace Britain in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, the demand for a robust scientific education has never been more critical. The Science Department at Tonbridge is committed to meeting this need in a manner that is not only practical, enjoyable, and intellectually stimulating but also fosters a genuine love for learning.

Our goal is to equip every student with the skills required to navigate an increasingly technological society. Regardless of their A-level choices or future careers, we aim to foster an ability to appreciate, understand, and make informed decisions about pressing scientific, social, environmental, and ethical issues. More than an accumulation of facts, studying science is a transformative experience that shapes a distinct way of thinking. The mental discipline cultivated through scientific study is highly valued by employers across various industries, making A-level sciences a gateway to a diverse range of career opportunities.

Department Staff

Mr Nick Waite

Head of Science
BSc, University of Bristol

Mr Christopher Powell

Head of Physics
MA, MRes, University of Oxford & King's College London

Dr Bill Burnett

Head of Biology
BSc, PhD, Newcastle University

Mr David Robinson

Head of Chemistry
MEarth Sci. DPhil, University of Oxford

Mr Graham Barnes

Teacher of Physics, Housemaster of Oakeshott House
BSc, University of Nottingham

Mr Andrew Byfield

Teacher of Chemistry
MA, University of Oxford

Dr Steven Chalk

Teacher of Physics
PhD, BSc, University of Hull

Dr Adam Cooke

Teacher of Physics, Teacher of Design Technology & Engineering
MEng, DPhil, University of Sussex

Ms Aisha Cooper

Teacher of Biology
MBiochem, University of Oxford

Mr Charles Curtis

Graduate Assistant
BA, University of Cambridge

Mrs Carly Felstein

Teacher of Biology
BSc, Middlesex University

Mr Greg Fisher

Teacher of Chemistry, Housemaster of Smythe House
BSc, Kings College, London
MA, University of London

Mr James Fisher

Teacher of Chemistry, Deputy Head Co-Curricular
BSc, University of Nottingham

Mr Ralph Fleming

Teacher of Physics
MA, University of Oxford

Ms Gloria Gao

Teacher of Chemistry
MSc, University of Oxford
BSc, University of Oxford

Miss Holly Hayward

Teacher of Chemistry
MChem, University of Oxford

Dr Christopher Lawrence

Teacher of Chemistry
PhD, MA, BA, University of Cambridge

Mr Alastair McGilchrist

Teacher of Physics
MEng, University of Manchester

Mr Paul Ridd

Teacher of Biology, Universities and Career Support
MA, University of Oxford

Mr Toby Sampson

Teacher of Biology, Housemaster of Park House
BSc, Edinburgh University

Dr Scott Sneddon

Teacher of Chemistry
PhD, BSc, Keele University & University of St Andrews

Mr Colin Swainson

Teacher of Biology, Deputy Head Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead
MA, University of Cambridge

Mr Kieron Walsh

Teacher of Chemistry
MSci, Queen Mary University of London

Mr Mark Weatheritt

Teacher of Physics, Deputy Head Academic
BSc, MA, University of York & University of Cambridge


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