Physics Staff Profiles

Matthew Lang is our new Head of Physics. Matt 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!

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. He is a qualified hill and moorland leader, and in his previous role, was involved in running the Ten Tors programme. Between January 2009 and August 2010, Charles cycled 15,000 miles across three continents from the southernmost point of Tasmania to the northernmost point of Shetland.

Claire Phillips joined King's as an NQT (newly qualified teacher). 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 alongside her teaching assistant role. She has a significant interest in riding, having worked previously as a stable hand for Paul Nicholls and David Elsworth, and is keen to become involved in cross-country and squash.

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