To quote Albert Einstein, "The most beautiful and deepest experience a person can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavour in art and in science."
The main aims of the Physics Department are to foster an interest and enthusiasm for the subject, to promote an understanding of fundamental principles and to consolidate ideas, but also to encourage pupils to develop an enquiring mind, to question the world around them and indeed to tackle the mysterious!
Physics is studied as a separate subject on entering the School in the First Form and from this first year onwards considerable emphasis is placed on practical work and investigations, with pupils being steered towards their own conclusions. Traditional experiments are complemented by the use of data logging and computer modelling.
Pupils begin their IGCSE courses in the Third Form and follow the Edexcel syllabus, opting to take the physics course or alternatively studying the subject, (along with biology and chemistry) as part of a Double Award science qualification.
We base our A Level course on OCR's Specification B (Advancing Physics). Over the two years pupils study a range of topics from classical mechanics through to the more modern fundamental particles and quantum theory. Practical skills are assessed throughout the course with the aim of pupils achieving endorsement in their laboratory competency as a separate part of their final A Level award.
Pupils who study physics learn a range of skills that are transferable across a whole spectrum of career paths. We encourage our physicists to be practical and analytical, to be researchers and presenters, to be logical and creative. We are proud of the results that they obtain at GCSE and A-level, and indeed of the high number of them that go on to read physics, natural sciences and engineering at many of the UK's top universities.