Physics Staff Profiles

Julie Gresswell taught in co-educational boarding and day schools before arriving at King's from the north of England in 2006 to be head of department. Previously she has been a head of year and in charge of girls' welfare, head of house and junior science co-ordinator. She has marked and moderated A Level exam papers for OCR, and has a passion for medical physics and making physics fun! A young family and a husband who also works at the school keeps her busy outside the classroom, as well as her interest in horse riding and rugby (from the sidelines only). She runs the King’s College equestrian team who compete in regional events on a regular basis, but is also aiming to be able to stand up on a surf board in the near future!

Matthew Lang came to King's from Exeter University, where he did a research degree in medical physics. He is passionate about ensuring all pupils are aware that physics is the most important subject. After all, what could be more important than understanding how everything in the universe works; he is always looking for new and exciting experiments to demonstrate this! As well as being head of academic ICT, he is a driving force behind TREC (The Renewable Energy Cabin) at King's. A former Great Britain fencer, his sporting endeavours now stretch to coaching cricket, hockey and athletics. To wind down he likes nothing more than spending time with his young family and playing loud rock music.

Emma Helliar 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. She spent seven years at The Castle School in Taunton teaching all three sciences. While at the school Emma also started a riding club for pupils to learn to ride, and organised inter-school competitions in dressage, show jumping and combined training. She also loves singing, and has performed in many choral soprano performances. She was the President of Stirling University Choir for three years and even sang a solo at her own wedding! Emma is very much looking forward to helping out with the riding teams, and musical aspects of school, and is willing to give most things a try!

Michael Graven graduated from NUI, Galway in Honours mathematics, followed by the PGDE at the same university, specialising in the teaching of physics and mathematics. After teaching positions in Ireland, he taught in Beijing for two years, followed by a four year post in Budapest. He joined King's in September 2016, along with his wife Laura, who joined the art department. Michael has a passion for all things ‘physics-y’ – anything that contributes to enjoyable learning and mind-exploding discoveries are good! Always on the search for a poorly-crafted science joke or pun to share with pupils, he also enjoys noticing flaws in the laws of physics, in the latest science fiction movies. Michael also loves to run, cycle, and go for walks, contributing to his non-sedentary life.


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