Chemistry is a hugely popular subject at Hampton. Pupils study Chemistry as a separate science from the start of the First Year, with all boys taking GCSE Chemistry in Fifth Year and a significant proportion of boys electing to continue with Chemistry into the Sixth Form, taking one of the three courses we offer:

  • OCR Chemistry A Level
  • OCR Chemistry AS Level
  • CIE Pre-U

In 2018, 13 Hamptonians left to study Chemistry-related degrees at university including three pupils who chose to read Chemistry at Oxford University.

The Department consists of four laboratory technicians and ten teachers, all of whom convey their passion for this wonderful subject through intellectually stimulating and engaging courses.

Our young chemists excel in many areas: in GCSE examinations almost 100% of pupils achieved a grade 9-7 in 2018, with 128 pupils scoring the top grade 9, which is the highest number of 9 grades achieved in Chemistry in any school in England. The boys regularly receive Gold and Silver certificates in national competitions such as the Chemistry Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

AIMS OF Chemistry Department   

  • 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. Practical work is at the forefront of everything we do in the department and we aim to maximise the boys’ practical experience. Two new laboratories are currently being built to increase the boys’ teaching and learning space.

Support and Extension

Lunchtime revision sessions 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.

Chemistry Club is targeted at our Lower School pupils and offers them the chance to carry out many enjoyable experiments.