The students made curry, ice cream and lava lamps during special activities at the school.
Meanwhile sixth formers achieved “fantastic results” during an evening at the annual Chemnet Quiz run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Parkside head of science Dr Hayley Evans and science teacher Lucy Hirst took 11 post-16 students to the quiz.
Hayley said: "We entered a team of year 12 and a team of year 13 students and both teams performed really well.
“The year 13 students came sixth out of 16 teams, but the year 12 pupils came second out of the same 16.
“The teamwork the year 12s showed was amazing, considering their chemistry knowledge is limited compared with all the year 13s from different schools and colleges. They worked together to come up with a plan to best answer the questions, which paid off.”
Back at Parkside School, students had a full-filled National Chemistry Week with plenty of activities for all students to take part in.
The Monday saw more than 100 students from year seven to year 11 making lava lamps, while on Wednesday they made slime and tested its ‘bounceability’.
On Tuesday the youngsters made their own ice cream after learning about the science behind how ice cream keeps its structure.
Students sampled curry on Thursday and learned the chemistry about the spices involved, and on Friday they wrote their names with fire.
There was also a book club looking at the explosive adventures of an element hunter.