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Departmental Aims


All students have the opportunity and encouragement to enjoy and succeed in physics, regardless of ability or gender. The study of Physics is an important opportunity for pupils to discover how the world works from the beginning of time to the many scientific and technological advances.

The study of physics takes everyday experience and common sense as its starting point, with all pupils in year 9 and 10 studying Physics. They then can choose it as a GCSE subject and then carry on their journey of discover to AS and A2 level.

The aims of the Physics Department are:

  • To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Physics and its methods of enquiry

  • To acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and to develop an understanding of Physics, including its power and its limitations

  • To enable students to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import

  • To develop skills and abilities which are relevant to the study and practice of Physics, are useful in everyday life, and encourage safe practice and effective communication

  • To develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas and activity and the basis for scientific claims

  • To develop attitudes relevant to Physics, such as initiative, inventiveness, objectivity, integrity and a concern for accuracy and precision

  • To promote an awareness of the technological and environmental applications of Physics and of their economic, ethical and social implications


Dr K Quinn (Head of Department) (Part-Time)
Mr S Cooper
Mrs C A McCarey (Job Share)
Mrs C V Soper (Job Share)
Mrs S J Torrens

Mr D McCaffrey (Physics and Technology Technician)

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