Physics is not only important to understanding the development of most modern technologies; it aims to explain the workings of nature from the sub atomic scale up to that of the cosmos. We therefore see the studying of Physics as being of fundamental importance in a well balanced modern education. In addition to the insight that it can provide to future technological possibilities, it can also provided an academic rigour. All pupil study Physics to GCSE level and up to 80 students go on to study it at A-level.
Physics is located within the original part of the school buildings and has three, large, specialised rooms able to accommodate full teaching groups in whole class practical work. In addition to this, there are general purpose labs where theory and demonstration lessons can take place.
The Physics Department has four Physics specialists who deliver. the teaching of Physics as a separate subject in Years 9 and up. In addition to this, the department makes a contribution to the teaching of the three sciences in Years 7 and 8. Each staff member makes a significant contribution to the work of the department as a whole, and all play an active part in the development of schemes of work, resources and policies. We hold regular department meetings and always include the sharing of good practice as an agenda item. All members of the Physics department are enthusiastic, professional and supportive of each other. As a department we are committed to supporting our students and all colleagues are prepared to give up time to provide revision lessons and extra support when needed. This work is supported by one full time physics technician.
In the Physics Department we aim to teach Physics in a way that will lead pupils not only to be able to recall a set of facts, but to an understanding of the ways in which the theories of Physics are derived and how current scientific developments have either enhanced or contradicted these theories. By doing this, we hope that they will be able to understand the exciting developments in Sciences and Technology that will undoubtedly be occurring during their lifetimes, even if they do not themselves go on to become science specialists.
Pupils have participated in various national competitions including the Physics Olympiad. Visits also take place to various University Physics Departments in order that Sixth Form pupils get an opportunity to see what is involved in current frontline research.