The Physics Department aims to make Physics an enjoyable subject for all those who study it, incorporating as much practical work at all levels and with as many unusual experiments as possible.
A plethora of toys, popcorn, jellies on turntables, steam puddings and the invisible man have all made an appearance within a lesson! Beyond the timetabled lessons pupils can take part in co-curricular related activities, such as Astronomy, Engineering and coding. We are a friendly department and encourage pupils to get involved, ask questions and seek out extra help when they need it.
Physics is housed in a purpose-built laboratory block with three labs and a preparation room. The building also contains an ICT suite. The department has a very good stock of up to date apparatus including an electron diffraction tube, many oscilloscopes including a digital storage oscilloscope module, radioactivity apparatus, data logging equipment with accurate sensors and both a 90mm refracting telescope and an 6” reflecting telescope.
All students start their GCSE studies in year 9, where they cover the more straightforward topics and lay the foundations for years 10 and 11. In year 10 students can opt to study Physics and Biology and Chemistry as separate sciences, leading to an independent GCSE in each science.
If students choose to follow a combined science route then they still study all three sciences, but cover less content in each, leading to two GCSEs in science. In either case students follow the AQA scheme and can have access to A Levels.