Chemistry is very popular at Hampton not least because it involves experiments, explosions and weird smells!

The Department consists of three laboratory assistants and 13 teachers, all of whom convey their passion for this wonderful subject through intellectually stimulating and engaging courses.

Hampton boys study the three separate sciences at GCSE Level, with many electing to carry on Chemistry at AS and A Level. For particularly able students the Pre-U Chemistry course equips students with the skills and key knowledge suitable for future study and employment in this field.

Our young chemists excel in many areas: in public examinations almost 100% of pupils achieve A or A* grades at GCSE and three quarters of boys achieve A or A* grades at A Level. The boys regularly receive Gold and Silver certificates in national competitions such as the Chemistry Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

Chemistry Department Aims  

  • To stimulate curiosity and enjoyment in Chemistry.
  • To provide a supportive learning environment which will enable all Chemistry students to achieve examination results of which they can be proud, and allow them to proceed to the next stage of their education.
  • To convey the wonder of Chemistry and its intrinsic importance to the world we live in.

Chemistry Department Facilities

Hampton pupils enjoy the benefits of eight fully equipped, specialist laboratories and a dedicated Sixth Form seminar room. With two full time technicians, experimental work is at the forefront of everything we do in the Department and we aim to maximise the boys’ practical experience.

Support and Extension

Chemistry Clinics are offered to GCSE and Sixth Form students should they need extra guidance and support. Additionally, Extension Classes are attended by Sixth Form students intending to apply to study Chemistry, Natural Sciences or related subjects at university.


Hampton’s chemists take part in a number of national events and competitions and regularly excel in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Chemistry Olympiad.

Science Club is targeted at our Lower School pupils and offers them the chance to carry out many enjoyable experiments. Favourites include making slime, a study of geology through the medium of chocolate and, of course, anything involving flames!