Physics

Staff

Mr D. Farrington (Head of Department)


Mr O. Anderton 


Mr M. Smith


Mr M. Garner (Assistant Head, Director of Community Relations)


Mr M. Davies


Facilities

The department teaches in a suite of laboratories in the science building, all of which are equipped with interactive white boards and audio visual facilities.

Curriculum

Lower School

As Thirds (Year 7), Physics is taught as part of a General Science Course. The Shells course (Year 8) is based on Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. (See below for the Fourths course).

GCSE

This is taught over three years beginning in the Fourths (Year 9). We follow the AQA specification. All pupils take Physics as a separate science at Higher Tier.

Sixth Form

We follow the AQA specification. This has the advantage of continuity from GCSE in the Centre Assessed Unit (ISA).

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch & Challenge

Our Science Podcast club is popular with younger pupils. The Astronomy Society gives the opportunity to study for GCSE Astronomy in a twilight session (no pun intended!) There is an extension group in the Sixth Form for those wishing to read Physics or Engineering at university – perhaps at Oxbridge. Sixth Formers are entered for the British Physics Olympiad. Each year, the department makes two nominations for the prestigious Senior Physics Challenge, with successful students being invited to a summer school at Cambridge University.

Trips & Visits

An annual science trip (e.g. to the Science Museum in London) is held for the Fourths. A highlight of the AS Physics course is the ‘Awayday to Mars’ enrichment course run at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Destinations

In recent years students have gone on to read Physics at Birmingham, Durham, Cambridge, Imperial College, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Royal Holloway College amongst other universities.