"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, Stars and Atom Lecture,1928
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 not only to
cover the curriculum but also to 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!
We actively encourage super-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!
Third Form – in-house course From the very big to
the very small
followed by the AQA GCSE Physics (8463) course during the Lent
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.