From the formation of a galaxy to the bouncing of a ball to the operation of a microscope, Physics helps us to understand the universe in which we live. Physics is both satisfyingly rigorous in its treatment of the theory behind the workings of nature and in its treatment of the practical skills required to become a methodical and rounded scientist.
The Physics Department at Charterhouse is a thriving one, and our pupils gain an understanding of the physical principles behind such things as Mechanics, Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves, Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics.
In addition to developing mathematical and problem-solving skills, we aim to emphasise the role of Physics in terms of its social, economic and environmental importance. The world would be very different without wireless communication, the electric generator and much more!
The department enjoys close links with the University of Surrey and local schools such as Broadwater and Rodborough and is a leader in the development of IT use within the classroom, and works with the Mathematics Department in delivering teacher training via the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) initiative.
Easter revision courses are run by the department for Year 11 pupils from local schools and also regular subject development workshops for teachers, including a residential course every summer.
The department also offers a free Saturday morning 'booster course' aimed at enhancing Physics subject knowledge. Find out more via the link below:
In Years 9 to 11, pupils follow the Edexcel IGCSE course which provides a strong foundation for continued study in the Sixth Form.
In Years 12 and 13, Physics can be studied via AQA A Level or the IB Diploma Programme. Both of these routes cover the subject in an academically rigorous manner, with the fundamental areas of the subject treated in a satisfying level of detail, supported by a modern and in-depth practical course.
For full details of the curriculum, please use the link below.
As well as regular entry to academic competitions at all levels via the British Physics Olympiad, there are a number of co-curricular societies on offer, examples include:
- STEMSoc which encourages collaboration with the other sciences including Computer Science and the Design Technology Departments.
- Aeronautical Society which is aiming to launch Charterhouse’s first High Altitude Balloon in 2020.
- Astronomical Society which makes use of the observatory on the roof of the Science building to make observations of the night sky.
In addition, in Years 12 and 13 a Further Physics elective runs to allow pupils not studying the subject at A Level to explore areas to a higher level as a complement to their other A Level choices.
- Mr Rupert Massey, MPhys – Head of Physics
- Mr Stephen Hearn, MSc, MInstP, CPhys
- Mr Adam Hooper, BEng, PGCE
- Miss Antonia Jackson, BSc, PGCE
- Dr Thomas Marlow, PhD
- Mr Jonny Paterson-Spir, BSc
- Mr Philip Stimpson, MEng
Mr Massey was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and then studied Physics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He followed this with a PGCE at the University of Manchester. He returned to his old school to teach for 6 years before arriving at Charterhouse in September 2015. Prior to becoming Head of Department he was Head of Year for two years. He is also Assistant Housemaster of Pageites and outside the classroom coaches football and hockey, and is involved in the outdoor education program as a Duke of Edinburgh expedition trainer and assessor. His primary interest outside of school is diving, usually in an overhead environment!
Mr Hearn is a former Head of Physics and Science at Charterhouse. He has thirty years Physics teaching and A-Level curriculum development experience. In addition, he acts as the IoP teacher network co-ordinator for Surrey, specialising in teacher education. In 2018 he completed a Physics education Masters degree at Oxford, researching explanations made by Physics students. He is going to lead the Charterhouse Maths and Physics SCITT initiative after retiring as Head of Robinites, a position he held for nine years.
Mr Hooper joined Charterhouse from King’s School, Worcester, where he was a Teacher of Physics for two and a half years. Prior to this, he was Head of Lower School (Year 7) and a Teacher of Physics at St James Senior Boys’ School. Adam graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick before completing his PGCE at King’s College, London. Adam is a keen footballer and enjoys running; he also has a passion for musical theatre. Adam recently completed his mindfulness training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is now a trained mindfulness coach.
Miss Jackson joined Charterhouse from Coloma Convent Girls’ School where she taught Physics for six years. Prior to this she taught at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. She was educated at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, before reading Physics at the University of Exeter. She went on to study for a PGCE in Secondary Physics at Exeter. Miss Jackson enjoys travel, tennis, theatre and reading.
Dr Marlow was educated at Toot Hill School; University of London, Imperial College (MSci Physics – First Class), and Nottingham (PhD in Mathematical Physics, then PGCE in Secondary Science Education – Distinction). He has taught Science and Physics at Rushcliffe School in Nottingham and the British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr Marlow is interested in writing short stories, swimming and travelling.