Physics

Introduction:

The Physics department seeks to inspire and enthuse students to take a wide interest in Physics and its applications, whilst thoroughly preparing them for examinations at every level. Experimental work underpins the teaching and learning in the department, and we seek to build skills and develop curiosity in those we teach. Each year we select a Physicist of the Year in both Year 11 and 12, who are invited to Warwick University to receive their award.

Facilities/resources:​

There are five spacious and well equipped Physics Laboratories. Two are devoted primarily to Sixth Form teaching whilst the other three serve Years 7 to 11. One laboratory includes thirteen desktop computers, allowing students to research information and use their ICT skills to support their learning in Physics.

What we do:​

The Physics Department encourages children to study Physics as a subject in its own right. In every year group Physics is taught by physicists. We offer a tailored KS3 program, followed by Edexcel IGCSE Physics and AQA Advanced Level Physics. Lessons are interactive at all levels and include practical work, project work and teacher demonstrations. Further enrichment is provided by books, a wide collection of video clips, and the ICT resources within the department. We have a fine telescope, so teachers can be found in the playground on clear winter mornings demonstrating practical astronomy. During the eclipse of March 2015, we coordinated the observations of the moon as it passed in front of the sun.

Staff:

Head of Physics: Dr H Buttrick
Teaching Staff:

Mr M Blake, Mr R Harrington, 
Dr D Hayton, Dr M Cuthbert, Mr J Slack

Physics Technician: Miss D Morse

Trips:

The Physics Department runs an annual trip to Geneva to visit CERN. A Year 12 student recently won a competition through the University of Warwick to join an all-expenses paid trip to Grenoble. We also organise a trip for selected students to the Year 9 Physics Big Quiz to Birmingham University.

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