Head of the Department, Mr Christopher Smith believes that learning Physics should be exciting, thought provoking, and at times amusing. His aim is that students look forward to their classes as places of fun and discovery.
Physics is taught in the purpose built Science block, providing a stimulating environment in which to study the way in which things work. Leaning by discovery is encouraged; students carry out practical work on a regular basis and practical investigations form an important part of the assessment of the students at every level of the School. All labs are equipped with Smart Boards, computers and audio-visual resources are used throughout the teaching of the subject.
The department consists of five specialist physicists supported by an excellent team of technicians.
Whether students are interested in the inner working of the atom or the mysteries of the vast unknown universe, the physics department has a place for them. The Department prides itself on being completely inclusive, ensuring that students of all abilities are taught to appreciate how physics relates to the world in which we live. The School’s best students go on to study physics, engineering and related courses at the top universities, including Oxbridge.
As importantly, those students who follow different career paths still look back at what they did in physics with fondness, armed with inquisitive minds and an ability and preparedness to question and analyse things around them.
Having met various physics topics during the balanced science course followed in Years 7 and 8, all students take a common Physics core in Year 9. During this year they will start the material which covers the Edexcel IGCSE course.
Years 10 & 11
Students may opt to continue with the subject as a separate IGCSE or take the Additional Science course which leads to the award of 2 IGCSE grades. Physics as a separate science goes into a little more depth and is ideal for those considering physics in the sixth form.
Sixth Form students can follow an A Level course or study Standard or Higher Level Physics as part of the International Baccalaureate. Both courses continue the voyage of discovery through the medium of Physics at a higher level. Students who choose to follow these courses are given an excellent preparation for many university courses.
Visits are arranged for students to attend lectures outside school and to see examples of careers related to Physics and Engineering. They are also helped to prepare for university interviews - our Sixth Form physicists regularly gain places at Oxford and Cambridge.