Eton has twenty-four science laboratories, housed in the science building in Queen’s Schools. The original Victorian building was substantially extended in the 1960’s and again in the 1980’s, with a smaller extension to the top floor in 2000. Queen’s Schools also houses the Natural History Museum.
The ground floor houses the eight laboratories of the chemistry department, along with a 165-seat lecture theatre (the Egerton Room), which is used for the Scientific Society and other meetings. On the first floor there is the physics department with its eight laboratories. The top floor houses eight biology labs, the newest of which was opened in 2000. In addition, each of the science departments has well-stocked preparation rooms, and smaller rooms with particular functions, such as microbiology, and darkrooms for optics experiments.
Almost all science masters have their own schoolrooms, which combine a desk area for class teaching, and bench space for practical work. The bench areas have a full range of services fed from flexible overhead or floor-level service points. This arrangement allows great flexibility both in terms of room layout, and in use of time, with the transition between practical and theoretical activity able to be made very quickly.
Safety is a major concern in modern science teaching. All our staff have received appropriate safety training, and a wide range of safety-related equipment, such as fume cupboards is in use.
The science laboratories are serviced by a team of twelve well-qualified technicians and a budget which allows us to purchase the latest equipment.