The Physics Department occupies one floor of the Science Building. It has four fully equipped laboratories and also a Physics library where students can work during their free time, along with five full time Physics teachers. We have strong links with the University of London and also the Mill Hill Observatory, where we have frequent visits.
In year 10 and 11 all pupils have the opportunity of taking the higher tier papers for Science, although in practice there are usually a few who take the Foundation tier. This prepares pupils for the Science Double Award examinations and coursework, helps pupils achieve their potential in these examinations, and equips pupils with scientific knowledge that will be useful in later life and lays foundations for those who wish to study Physics beyond GCSE.
In the Sixth Form students are currently entered for the Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Physics. Topics covered include Mechanics and Radioactivity, Electrical and Thermal physics and option topics including Medical Physics, Materials, Particle Physics or Astrophysics.
In the upper 6th the topics include Waves and our Universe, and Fields. Beyond A Level, many students choose to continue into Physics-based higher education when they leave – we often send students to Oxford and Cambridge.