Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

Students studying science, technology, engineering and maths at Pendleton Sixth Form College have access to newly refurbished laboratories as well as a highly experienced and qualified team of teachers including six with PhDs in their subject specialisms. There is a strong enrichment programme including the STEM Academy, Nuffield Research Placements, Science Society and Physics XL, as well as trips, competitions and guest speakers. 

Chongwei Chua

Head of Department, Science

Chongwei holds both a Degree Biotechnology from Imperial and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester. As Head of Science, Chongwei is proud of his department’s achievements, including multiple winners at the National BTEC Awards for Science Student of the Year.

Jon Griffin

Head of the Centre of Excellence for STEM

After completing a Medicinal Chemistry degree at The University of Manchester Jon undertook a PhD in the synthesis of unnatural amino acids. Following this he worked for a multimillion-pound pharmaceutical company before retraining as a teacher and he has never looked back!

Ricky Carter

Teacher of Engineering

Ricky studied at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, before gaining professional work experience in the architecture and engineering sectors. He then trained to become a teacher and taught Architecture, Construction and Engineering in a range of schools before joining Pendleton in 2020. 

Andrew Clow

Teacher of Mathematics

Andrew began teaching at Pendleton in 2002 and enjoys working with our  students, supporting them to succeed. Andrew has a first class degree in Mathematics from Reading University and an MSc and PhD from Warwick University, but mainly he just has a love of explaining Maths to students. 

Ursula Cox

Teacher of Physics & Engineering

A physics enthusiast with Degrees from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and over 25 years of experience of helping students achieve their goals. Ursula’s is passionate about how physics aims to explain everything from the very, very small to the very, very large. 

Gregory Golding 

Teacher of Chemistry

Gregory has 20 years of experience teaching Chemistry, having completed a BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester. He is passionate about helping students achieve the best possible grades in Chemistry and obtain places at the very best universities. 

Bhavjot Kaur Kahlon

Teacher of Chemistry

With over 12 years of teaching experience and an MSc (Hons) in Chemistry Bhavjot is passionate about sharing her knowledge of this fascinating subject with her students. Bhavjot also works as an Associate Examiner for A-level Chemistry with AQA. 

Heather Larkin

Teacher of Mathematics

After completing a mathematics degree in Newcastle and a PGCE in Nottingham, Heather worked for many years in an 11-18 school in East Sussex before returning to her native north. I has marked A-level exam papers for exam boards since 2004 and joined Pendleton in 2013. 

David Law

Teacher of Computer Science

After completing his BSc(Hons) in Information Technology at the University of Salford, David  worked in the IT support industry for over 20 years for some of the country’s largest IT support providers. He has taught Computer Science and IT for the last 10 years sharing his experience and knowledge. 

Deborah Leyland

Teacher of Biology 

Deborah is an enthusiastic teacher with a passion for innovative and active approaches to learning. Formally, an Assistant Director at the Science Learning, Deborah holds an honours Degree in Biological & Biochemical Sciences. 

Lisa Myers

Curriculum Leader for Vocational Science

Lisa is extremely passionate about helping students achieve the very best grade, fulfil their dreams and in turn inspire others. Her teaching highlight was accompanying a former Pendleton student to the House of Lords, to receive the BTEC Overall Student of the Year award 2017. 

Andrea Power

Teacher of Chemistry & Forensic Science 

Andrea studied Biological Sciences at UMIST before gaining her PhD in Neuroscience. She went on to become a scientific researcher at the University of Manchester’s Pain Research Group, publishing several papers before joining Pendleton Sixth Form College in 2020.

Nicholas Snowden

Teacher of Biology 

With over 25 years of teaching experience, Nicholas commenced his career working in microbiology laboratories. He studied his degree at Manchester University, spending several years researching industrial fungi before joining the Science Department at Pendleton Sixth Form College.

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