“We seek to develop a love of Physics, and a curiosity about natural processes from the very small to the astronomical in scale”.
Richard Hypher has led the Physics Department for 10 years, having moved from Canada in 1996. His love of physics extends beyond the classroom with a lifetime of sailing, windsurfing, top-level amateur motor racing and competing in his own glider. Alongside Richard is Jennie Rhodes whose enthusiasm for knowledge and interest in the way things work means she is living proof that ‘girls can do Physics’. She firmly endorses the satisfaction gained from wrestling with difficult concepts to see how logical those concepts are, and she inspires our girls to enjoy their studies and strive for the many roles open to them in the world of Physical Sciences.
We have very high expectations of our students and teach the subject in a lively, stimulating way that encourages them all to flourish. The wide variety of teaching methods help them develop key skills such as analysis, problem-solving, explaining and describing natural phenomena and experimental skills.
At Key Stage 3, Physics is taught as part of an integrated Science programme. In Year 7, girls study Energy and Electricity, and in Year 8 they study the Forces, Astronomy and Electromagnetism.
Study of Physics at GCSE level begins in Year 9. The Sciences are taught separately as part of the Edexcel IGSCE. We enhance the course with enrichment topics to stretch and challenge to provide a more in-depth and detailed preparation for study at Advanced level. Our programme has led to an enthusiastic uptake of all A-level sciences including Physics. For A-level we currently follow the AQA Physics course.
Our students enjoy valuable day trips including The Think Tank at the Science Museum in Birmingham and a walk down the road to Science Live in Oxford. Our AS/A2 group head to London to see Physics in Action or the National Space Centre in Leicester. Many of our students are awarded places in programmes such as Headstart as well as work experience places at Rutherford-Appleton Labs, Rolls-Royce Aerospace and Siemens Magnets.