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Stephen McCormick – Head of Science

Shauna Rowell – Head of Biology

Lorna Jess – Head of Chemistry (acting)

Alasdair Spence – Head of Physics

Joanne Poland – Assistant Vice-Principal 

Daniel Allen – Science Teacher

Ruairí Leckey – Science Teacher

Seamus Carlin – Laboratory Technician


Welcome to the Science department!


All Shimna students study Science in Key Stage 3 and GCSE science with the option of CCEA Double Award Science, or OCN Extended Certificate in Applied Science. Both qualifications are worth 2 GCSE grades in Science. The subject is also a popular choice at A Level where students have the choice of studying A level Biology, A level Chemistry and A level Physics. For September 2024, the department are intending to offer CCEA Life and Health Science as a Vocational A-Level choice.


Students explore a range of science topics through a combination of experiments, theory and investigations, and relate their learning to their everyday experiences. The Science department in Shimna offer students the opportunity to explore science in an interesting, exciting and enjoyable way.

Academic offer

KS3 Science

KS4 Science – double award Science and Applied Science

KS5 – A-level Biology, A-level Chemistry and A-level Physics


Extra-curricular offer

British Biology and Physics Olympiads

BT Young Scientist

Faraday Challenge

I’m a scientist get me out of here

STEM projects

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