Physics teachers at St Edmund’s have a passion for the subject that we work to inspire in all pupils.
Physics is taught from Year 7 to A-level, largely as a practically-based subject involving investigations and teacher-led demonstrations. We give support to those who need it the most, whilst stretching the most able. Sixth Form pupils regularly choose an Extended Project Qualification subject related to Physics. St Edmund’s teachers have extensive teaching experience and, and we buck the national gender trend for teachers of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): of our four specialist Physics teachers, three are female.
We also stimulate a love for the subject amongst the youngest members of the school community by staging workshops for Pre-Prep pupils.
A Physics education at St Edmund’s extends well beyond the classroom, with regular lectures by visiting speakers, A-level pupils attend the Science Live conference, and we organise an annual Lower Sixth trip to the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, including a tour of the NERC Space Geodesy Facility. Learning is enhanced by the Department’s connection with the Physics Department at the University of Kent, to which pupils are regularly invited. The Department is also a member of the Institute of Physics.