Physics continues to be a forefront of scientific discoveries in the modern era. It is a field of study that pushes what we understand about the world around us and serves as a unifier for a broad range of different subjects. Whether it be observing ‘Cosmic Monsters’ at the edge of our Universe using the James Webb telescope or pushing the limits of Radiotherapy through the developments in Medical Engineering, Physics remains a constant in our desire to understand more.
At Cranleigh all our Lower School students study Physics. Year 9 are introduced to the subject with the aim of getting them excited about Physics whilst giving them the skills that they will need later on. At GCSE students can either study Physics as a separate science or as part of a combined science qualification (Double Award Science). Physics is a popular choice in the Sixth Form with around 30 students in each of the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years. Students follow the Edexcel International GCSE specification in the Lower School and then the Edexcel specification at A-Level.
The Department itself is located in modern and well-resourced labs within a purpose built building (the Emms Center). The teachers within the Department have a range of experience and are all enthusiastic and dedicated to transferring their passion for the subject to the students through their teaching.
Trips and Events
Within the Physics Department there is a STEM society for Sixth form students as well as an annual Year 10 Science Evening. The Department runs a biennial trip for the Sixth Form to Geneva and the CERN facility. The purpose of the trip is for students to experience, at first hand, the work of the world’s leading particle accelerator project, linking it to relevant material in the A-Level modules and stretching the pupils beyond the syllabus. We also spend some time taking in a few of the cultural highlights in Geneva itself.
Physics students also enter all levels of the Physics Olympiad and are regularly successful with their outcomes. There are also opportunities for smaller trips for the Lower School and Sixth Form to lectures and events as well as masterclasses and extension programmes.The lecture series aims to introduce our students to real physicists doing cutting-edge and interesting work out in the real-world.
The majority of students from A level Physics go on to study degrees in either Physics or one with an Engineering based background. Physics opens many other doors to other degrees because of the skills and ways of thinking it teaches you. The mathematical and analytical techniques within the A level are valued in a huge range of careers .
Head of Physics