Physics

Through studying Physics pupils develop the ability for innovative thought and problem-solving.

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Through studying Physics pupils develop the ability for innovative thought and problem-solving. Their interest is stimulated so that they feel encouraged to continue their studies in the subject.

The philosophy of the Physics Department is to encourage pupils' analytical skills, rather than their ability to recall factual knowledge. The approach is to ensure that they are given as much first-hand practical experience as possible.

In the Foundation Year (Year 9) the study of Physics as an independent subject is compulsory.

An introduction to all the GCSE physics topics is provided, and there is a strong emphasis on practical work.

In the Remove (Year 10) and Hundred (Year 11) Physics is offered as a separate IGCSE or as part of the Dual Award Science IGCSE (which also contains elements of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science). In either case the emphasis on practical work continues where the syllabus material allows.

In the Sixth Form pupils study the OCR A level or the International Baccalaureate Physics courses. Each of these routes expand on the knowledge and understanding from the IGCSE course with a much larger mathematical focus. Practical skills remain central to the study of Physics as we seek to understand the world around us by taking measurements. A few new topics are also studied such as quantum physics, relativity and the concept of ‘fields’, which really push our pupils by challenging their perceptions of what they thought they knew of the world they live in.

We have our own observatory with a modern Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, as well as several smaller Newtonian reflector telescopes. We regularly run astronomy sessions in the Winter where pupils are able to view the planets, nebula and galaxies in our night sky.