Physics is a thriving department with consistently high numbers of pupils opting to study the subject at A-level. The department’s continued high standard of results is a reflection of the enthusiasm and dedication of the teaching staff.

The study of physics involves trying to find out what the universe is made of and how these things move and interact with each other. All the other sciences are built on the knowledge gained through the study of physics.

Pupils develop a sense of wonder about how the universe operates. They learn the skills of systematic thinking to find out how things work.

Physicists love simplicity. They are constantly striving to find the fundamental ideas that can be used to describe even the most complex of phenomena.

Follow the links below to learn more about what the Department offers across the year groups.

Lower School.

Year 7 pupils will be introduced to Physics exploring a range of topics from the fields of magnetism to transfers of energy. The course will be focused on building pupils understanding of the fundamental principles of Physics through a hands-on practical approach.

GCSE.

In Year 9, students begin their IGCSE Physics course which focuses on the fundamentals of Electricity, Energy, Mechanics, and Matter whilst ensuring students get hands-on and develop their analytical and practical skills.  Year 9 also allows us to further develop the analytical, graphical, mathematical and problem-solving skills to ensure they are all at a good level as they move onto Year 10.

In Years 10 and 11, students continue to work towards their IGCSE qualification. We cover the Edexcel IGCSE course which concentrates on the traditional theories and offers a good grounding for those who wish to continue studying Physics at a high level.

Years 10 and 11 see students build on the basic principles, before going on to look at more complex areas of Physics such as the behaviour of fields and radioactive decay.

A-level.

Sixth Form students follow the new specification AQA A-level Physics course. The course covers a range of topics, from the more traditional mechanics and waves topics to the newer areas of Physics such as the weird and wonderful world of particle physics and quantum phenomena.

The course is linear meaning students will spend two years working towards their final A-level examinations.

Although there is no coursework there is a strong focus throughout the course on practical skills which students will continue to develop to enable them to achieve their practical skills certificate.

The department is situated in its own building consisting of four large, bright, practical laboratories and three smaller teaching rooms, supported by two dedicated Physics technicians.

The whole building was extensively modernised in 2005 and each laboratory is equipped with data projectors, SMART boards and data-logging stations.

The department is well resourced with an extensive range of practical equipment ensuring students are able to develop their practical skills. We are able to allow students to gain experience using a range of modern data logging and IT equipment in order to help prepare them for university and beyond.

We run a range of trips from visiting CERN in Geneva to tutorial days at the Greenwich Observatory which help to develop the understanding of students and allow them to appreciate the applications of Physics in the World.

We are also pleased to host visiting lecturers as part of our Science week, held annually in January and throughout the year as part of our cultural hour sessions.

Outside of the classroom the Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments help to run the following activities:

  • Astronomy Society
  • Curie Society
  • Junior Science Club
  • STEM Society