King Edward VI School - Physics


Physics is the study of the concepts and laws governing the behaviour of the physical world.

The Physics department of K.E.S. aims to allow students to:
  • acquire a systematic body of knowledge in Physics
  • develop an understanding of Science, including its power and limitations
  • develop experimental and investigative skills
  • develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of Physics
  • develop an understanding of the economic, ethical and social implications of Physics
Experimental work is frequently used in our lessons to enable our students to develop their understanding of Physics, establish sound laboratory techniques and promote independent investigative and analytical skills. All students study Physics at Key Stage 3 as part of a co-ordinated Science course which is completed by the end of Year 8.  All students take Physics at GCSE and it is an extremely popular choice at A Level.  The AQA course is followed at both levels.  Teaching is carried out by three specialist staff and is supported by a dedicated technician. Every year a significant number of students go on to study Physics, Engineering and other related courses to undergraduate level at University and we have had a number of successful Oxbridge entrants in recent years. Teaching takes place in two specialist Physics laboratories with a dedicated Physics preparation room. These are fully equipped with equipment to enable our students of all ages to carry out practical work to support their learning. Each laboratory has up to date ICT facilities including a data projector and a number of laptops that can be used for data logging and research-based exercises. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities including a junior Astronomy club and in recent years students have participated in the Physics challenge in Year 11 and the Physics Olympiad in the Sixth Form.