“The important thing is never to stop questioning” Albert Einstein

Physics is the study of the world around us. Physics is taught throughout the school by physics specialists. There are two full-time teachers of physics and one part-time technician.

The department aims to give pupils the opportunity to:

  • Develop an understanding of physics, whilst appreciating its power and its limitations
  • Develop their observational, numerical and investigative abilities
  • Develop a thirst for further knowledge and to help them think logically
  • Develop their understanding of the technological and environmental applications of physics
  • Prepare each individual girl to achieve her maximum potential in examinations

At Key Stage Three level: Physics is studied as a separate subject in Years 7- 9. It is taught by specialist teachers in subject-specific laboratories. IT facilities are used widely in the physics curriculum to support teaching and learning.

At GCSE level: the Edexcel IGCSE Physics specification is followed. The content is covered throughout Years 9-11 and is examined through two written papers at the end of Year 11 which test understanding of facts and theories as well as recall of practical procedures. There is no controlled assessment or coursework aspect to the IGCSE. The IGCSE is considered to be extremely good preparation for A-level.

At A-level: the AQA Physics Specification A is followed. The course is challenging, but good grades are achieved through hard work and determination.

The physics department enhances the teaching of the curriculum by offering various additional activities:

  • Astronomy club for Key Stage Three pupils
  • Science Club for all pupils
  • Selected Year 10 pupils are invited to attend an Extreme Physics Course
  • Attending talks by eminent scientists
  • Physics Olympiad for advanced level students
  • Trip to CERN for advanced level students

To read an interview with Mr Sheldrake our Head of Physics please click here