Physics is a fun and fascinating subject. Its scope ranges from
the smallest particles found within nuclei to the size of the
cosmos, from matters of everyday importance, such as the braking
distances of cars, to philosophical questions about what is
knowable. Our courses enable us to give the boys a feeling for the
breadth of the subject and of its relevance to our daily lives,
whilst preparing them well for GCSE and A Level qualifications. The
scientific method is taught through experimental work, by means of
which the skills of collecting valid evidence and of analysing and
evaluating data are developed.
Physics is taught as a separate subject throughout the school.
At GCSE, for which we follow the AQA specification, the majority of
boys take three modules of physics and gain a GCSE in Physics
although it is also possible to take just two modules which will
count towards GCSEs in Science and Additional Science. Physics is a
popular subject at both AS and A2, again following the AQA
specifications, and each year a few students take the demanding
Advanced Extension Award papers.
In recent years the school has hosted the annual Schools'
Lecture organised by the Institute of Physics. These popular
lectures on topics such as "Rock in Eleven Dimensions - Where
Physics and Guitars Collide" and "Exploring the Universe" are for
all students in years 10 and above. Students are encouraged to take
part in activities such as the Physics Olympics at Liverpool
University and attend the lectures for sixth form students
organised by Manchester University. The Faulkes Telescope group is
a group of sixth form students with an interest in astronomy who
are able to take pictures of astronomical objects through a
research quality telescope on Hawaii, which they can control
remotely from Bolton.
Head of Department
J M Thatcher, BSc, PhD
Members of the Department
E J Dawber, BSc
D J Jones, BSc
L J Dootson, BSc
A Altimeemy BSc, PhD
D Hope (Technician)