“"I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.”
- Sir Arthur Eddington
Why Study Physics?
In the physics department we encourage pupils to be inquisitive, developing their skills of investigation through the processes of research, experimentation and analysis. Pupils develop a love for learning and discovery that allows them to not only cover the curriculum but to also extend their interests beyond the specified topics and learn about ideas and areas that they enthuse about; often this results in a pupil-led lecture evening.
Enthusiastic teachers who have a passion for the subject, working in modern, well-equipped and comfortable laboratories, help instil an understanding and way of thinking that enables pupils to appreciate that what they see is not always as it seems!
In Third Form we offer an in-house course entitled From the very big to the very small, followed by the AQA GCSE Physics (8463) course during the Lent Term.
Fourth and Fifth Form pupils will start on the AQA GCSE Physics (8463) course, but may be given the option to follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy (8464) course after their internal exams and in consultation with members of staff.
Sixth Form pupils follow the OCR Physics A (H556) course.
Is Physics for You?
We actively encourage co-curricular activities such as lectures, visits and entry to competitions. In addition to this, a number of Sixth Form pupils participate in an inspirational visit to CERN in Geneva.
Our pupils have also gained places on Headstart courses where they are able to experience life at university while working in labs.
When you play sport and decide how fast you need to run and in which direction you need to go, you are applying some of the basic laws of physics! How do you catch a cricket ball so that it does not hurt your hand? Do you ever stop to ask "I wonder why"? If you have, then physics is for you!
Matthew came to King's from Exeter University, where he completed a research degree in medical physics. He is passionate about ensuring all pupils are aware that physics is the most important subject.
Emma gained a BSc reading chemistry, biology and education at Stirling University. After this, she achieved her PGCE at Bristol University, and has taught for a total of 10 years in three Somerset schools.
Charles Speyer joined King's from Okehampton College where he was a physics teacher. Charles completed a degree in physics with theoretical physics at Manchester University, and a PGCE at the University of Bath.
Claire joined King's as an NQT. She has had six years' experience as a science teaching assistant, focusing on supporting gifted and talented and SEN pupils. Claire studied for her BSc in physics through the Open University.