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Copper Poster Competition


Earlier this year in Chemistry all the Lower Fifth entered the ‘Curious About Copper Poster Competition’. They were asked to design a poster exploring the properties of copper in one of three categories ‘Buildings and Design’, ‘Electronics and Communication’ and ‘Health and Medicine’. Congratulations to Maria in L5E who was runner-up in the Key Stage 4 […]

I’m a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here!


This week all the Lower Fourth girls chatted with scientists in their Chemistry lessons. They were taking part in an on line session whereby they asked questions to individual scientists about the topic of water, which they have studied this year, and about the scientist’s research and lives. They then voted for one of the […]

Discovering New Medicines: The Role of the Chemist


On the evening of Tuesday 5th February 24 sixth formers and Miss Oldfield attended the lecture ‘Discovering New Medicines: The Role of the Chemist’. This was given by Dr John Snaith at the University of Birmingham. Daisy Connor, one of the Upper Sixth, who attended this lecture writes: ‘I really enjoyed attending this lecture; learning about […]

Chemistry Magic


On Tuesday 4th December, a number of 6th formers had a magical lecture with Dr. Plevey and Mrs. Plevey at their talk on ‘Chemistry Magic’ at Birmingham University. The audience was spellbound by the exciting demonstrations put on involving colourless solutions changing to milk, wine and even gold! We also witnessed water starting a fire, […]

‘Drugs and Sport’

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On Tuesday 20th November over twenty sixth formers attended a lecture on ‘Drugs and Sport’ at Birmingham University. The lecture was arranged by the West Midlands Chemistry Teachers’ Centre and was given by Dr Simon Cotton. Dr Cotton discussed the various drugs used by sports competitors, from strychnine to steroids, and the human stories linked […]

Watts New with Clean Energy?


On Tuesday evening, the 13th November, a group of sixth form girls attended a lecture on ‘Watts New with Clean Energy? Batteries Included’ at Birmingham University. The lecture was given by Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Bath. Linking to the underlying theme of Green Chemistry the areas covered were Clean energy Crystals and […]



This Tuesday evening 16 sixth form pupils plus Miss Oldfield attended a lecture on ‘Fireworks’ by Dr Tom Smith. The lecture was arranged by the West Midlands Chemistry Teachers’ Centre and held at the University of Birmingham. The lecture included some demonstrations, including visual and sound effects!

Chemical Engineering


On Thursday 27th September we welcomed Dr Andy Stoker into school, to give a talk on Chemical Engineering at lunchtime. He led an informative and interactive session when the girls developed their ideas on the design of a full size chemical reactor, as well as finding out about the role of chemical engineers. Further details […]

Salters’ Chemistry Camps.


During the summer break four Lower Fifth (Year 10) students have attended Salters’ Chemistry Camps. Alice Handy, Elena Hofmann and Sadie Karia went to the University of Manchester and Grace Owen visited the University of York. The students undertook Chemistry practicals, experienced lively chemical demonstrations as well as having a taste of life at university […]

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge


17 Lower Sixth students took the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge after school on Monday. The 90 minute examination is designed to challenge students, with questions relating to topics they have encountered plus new material. This follows on from the Cambridge Chemistry web based monthly competition that is open to all ages.

Diamond Jubilee

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The Chemistry department celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by this week inviting girls to help make a specially commissioned model of diamond. The model shows how the carbon atoms are arranged in the macromolecular structure.

Welcome to the Chemistry Department


There is hardly an area of our lives that is not touched by Chemistry: food; pharmaceuticals; materials; the environment; and much more. Life is what it is due to atoms and molecules and chemistry explains much of this and more. In a technologically advancing world Chemistry is a necessity for a future scientifically literate society. […]