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

Dan Clinch

Dan Clinch

Dan joined Benenden as Head of Department in 2019 from UWCSEA in Singapore. His teaching career has taken him from grammar schools in Kent to international schools overseas.

His professional interests include educational research and student cultural identities, both of which were evident in the work for his recently completed MA in Education (International Education) from the University of Bath. He lives with his wife and two children in West Kent.