“Chemistry begins in the stars. The stars are the source of the chemical elements, which are the building blocks of matter and the core of our subject.”

The author Peter Atkins has a talent for inspirational sound bites. As a student, one of our staff was present at Professor Atkins’ last undergraduate lecture. The Chemistry Department at Rugby strives to deliver and develop this brand of world class teaching.


The specification followed in the middle school is the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Chemistry (4CH1): CLICK HERE 

The specification followed in the upper school is the AQA A level in Chemistry (7405): CLICK HERE 



The Wolff Society is a teacher and student led enrichment program. Members of the upper school deliver masterclasses that work towards a national competition called the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

The Olympiad Society applies syllabus level material to ultra-curricular problems. The sessions work towards an international competition called the Chemistry Olympiad. Our students have been very successful in the past and several have reached the national final at the University of Cambridge.

The Hoffmann Society is an experimental society providing students the opportunity to explore practical work beyond the syllabus. The sessions also include training towards the annual Schools’ Analyst Competition in Birmingham.

There is a departmental reading list. All titles are available in the school library and students are encouraged to read one of the books over summer. There are annual prizes for the best student book reviews.