Chemistry helps us to describe and explain our world. It is the study of matter, its properties, how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances, and how substances interact with energy. Chemistry is part of everything in our lives from growing and cooking food, to cleaning our homes, to launching a space shuttle.

At Benenden chemistry is taught as a separate subject from the Lower Fifth where we start the Edexcel iGCSE course. For those girls continuing on the A Level we follow the OCR B (Salters) course which places an emphasis on teaching chemistry through context.

Head of Department

Ollie Hunter

Ollie Hunter

Ollie joined Benenden in September 2004 from Royal Russell School where he worked as Head of chemistry. He lives off site with his wife, four children, two dogs, six chickens and 60 sheep. He is a tutor in Echyngham, EPQ Coordinator and is studying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Cambridge.