Physics

The Physics staff are passionate about their subject and believe that every girl should have the opportunity to both enjoy studying it and excel in it. Over the years many students have gone on to study Physics or Engineering at some of the best universities in the country, having been inspired to follow this career route while at school. We have been delighted when they have returned to talk to current pupils about their careers and specialist subjects. In 2015, 50% of pupils taking Physics at A Level gained A*/A grades and 67% gained A*-B grades, encouraging younger pupils to study this challenging but most worthwhile subject.

As part of our curriculum we have a wide variety of enrichment activities including Cafe Scientifique which provides a unique opportunity for students to meet working scientists in an informal, relaxed, 'cafe' atmosphere and together explore contemporary issues in science and technology. A thriving Engineering Society and Science Journal Club provide further opportunities for discussion and practical workshops.

In the Sixth Form recent student visits have included the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and CERN in Geneva to study particle physics and Cranfield and Cambridge universities to learn more about career opportunities in Engineering and Materials Science. All truly inspiring and potentially life changing trips for any aspiring physicist.

The Department is well equipped, staffed with specialist teachers and served by a dedicated Technician to ensure that the pupils receive the best possible grounding in experimental and investigative work including the use of ICT.