Department of Physics

Physics is all around us and an integral part of everyday life and human progress, from the very mechanisms of motion and particle structure through to energy use, climate science, materials technology and medical technology. This makes studying Physics a fascinating, challenging and diverse part of the curriculum.

Skills and practices which we develop and use in Physics will also be useful in other scientific subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Throughout the GCSE and Advanced level years we teach students how to think logically and scientifically, how to plan and carry out investigations, make careful observations and interpret experimental results. Physics develops logical thinking and scientific skills such as questioning, analytical skills and problem solving. Students are encouraged to learn collaboratively, working in groups during practical work, on research projects and in discussions. Practical work underpins many of the topics studied at GCSE and Advanced level.

Physics is a popular subject at Advanced level and many of our students go on to study Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing based subjects at University.


“From the smallest structures in the Universe to the largest; In Physics our aim is to develop inquisitive students who want to tackle the biggest questions of how and why. We aim for our students to develop an analytical mind and skills in problem solving who can then go on to enhance these skills and make valuable contributions to cutting edge areas in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Mr J Stead (Department Leader)