Physics is a dynamic, practical subject which seeks to describe and explain everything we can see around us – and some things that we cannot – from the immensity of galaxies and the space between them, down to the inconceivably tiny particles from which everything is made. Moreover, it seeks to offer solutions that are utterly central to human progress and the future of our planet, whether it be by improving the way that we live today or by finding solutions to the problems of tomorrow. A good physicist will have imagination by the bucket load, but also a burning curiosity to ask and answer some truly fundamental questions. It is not without reason that physics is often called ‘the fundamental science’!
In order to foster this curiosity which is innate in all children, the Physics department employs a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. The highly dynamic and experienced members of staff approach their teaching roles with energy and enthusiasm. Practical and investigative work is central to all teaching and virtual simulations and real time wireless recording of experimental data both feature highly.
The Wessex Science Centre was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex in 2007.
The Wessex Science Centre contains two beautifully designed, state-of-the-art, fully networked and excellently resourced Physics Laboratories. These laboratories have been individually designed to increase versatilty and provide excellent and comfortable environments in which to learn and instruct. Together with excellent technician support, the department provides an outstanding learning environment.
In Key Stage 4, Physics is offered as a single science option following the AQA GCSE specification.
In Key Stage 5, pupils opting to follow the A level route do so by following the AQA A Level Physics programme. Alternatively, Physics is an option that can be selected as part of the International Baccalaureate programme.
Away from timetabled lessons, all pupils have the opportunity to look beyond the syllabus by joining the Engineering club, as well as the Robotics club. In addition, a regular Physics clinic is held each week for any pupils who might need extra help with their work, or who want to dig a little deeper into the topics that they are studying.