Team Members

Dr C Ashton – Head of Astronomy and Second in Science

Mission Statement

Most people are fascinated by the night sky and are interested in stories about our continuing exploration of our Solar System and Universe. This course has been developed to build on that interest and to give an introduction to the subject of astronomy. The course will enable students to understand our position in the Universe, the movements of planets and stars, the cycles in the night and daytime sky, and the way in which we use technology to observe and interact with space. Students will follow an incredible story of how scientists, from ancient civilisations to the modern day, have used their imagination and carefully recorded visual measurement to explore the Universe in which we live. Many people enjoy looking up at the stars, this course adds a whole new depth to that experience as the students learn what is actually out there and are given both the knowledge and access to the equipment necessary to see for themselves the wonders of our Universe.

Aims and objectives

Develop students’ understanding of the night sky, enabling them to plan and make observations of astronomical phenomena.

Explore how astronomy has shaped our world by looking at how ancient civilisations used the stars for both ritual and timekeeping, we’ll look at the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge before learning how the motion of the heavenly bodies was used by sailors to determine their location. Then on to the space race to the Moon, the technology developed for our most modern space missions and finally looking to the future of space exploration.

Place the students in a position where they have the skills and knowledge to confidently continue astronomy either professionally or as an enthusiast long into the future.

Celebration of Success

2020 GCSE Results

100% pass

Range of opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to create and carry out their own observations using both the equipment from the school and with remote access to robotic telescopes.

We’ve had visits out to local engineering sites to see spacecraft being constructed and speak with the engineers.

This course both adds to and compliments the topics taught in our GCSE Science and Mathematics courses and provides an excellent foundation in astrophysics for those considering A-level Physics in the future.


Most importantly our GCSE Astronomy course is taught by staff passionate about the subject. We have at our disposal the ICT suites to enable the students to use advanced image processing software when looking at the images they’ve taken. The students have access to robotic telescopes which they can use to take sequences of images of anything in the night sky and we have several telescopes on the school site along with an advanced computer controlled telescope and camera used for imaging galaxies.





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Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

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