Physics is a very popular subject at Hampton. Physics is taught by 13 subject specialists assisted by two full time technicians. We live in an increasingly scientific world and as a department we work together to ensure pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of Physics that helps inform their judgement on scientific matters affecting society, both nationally and globally.
Pupils study Physics as a separate science from the start of the First Year, with all boys taking GCSE Physics in Fifth Year and a significant proportion of boys electing to continue with Physics into the Sixth Form.
Practical work is an extremely important part of the course and pupils enjoy and benefit from this hands-on, practical approach which improves their skills with the equipment and helps them learn to draw valid conclusions from their own measurements.
Aims of Physics Department
- To engender an interest in physics through a stimulating and worthwhile experience in the classroom
- To provide opportunities to guide and promote the development of scientific and rational modes of thought
- To challenge the intellectual ability of all, to fully equip and prepare those taking study of the subject to a higher level and to reflect success by high exam grades
The Department consists of eight well equipped laboratories on the ground floor and a technicians’ area. All labs have a data projector for use with a staff laptop. The department also has use of a dedicated data-logging laboratory, shared with Biology and Chemistry, for data-logging and IT-based work.
Sixth Form Clinic
Weekly clinics are offered to Sixth Form Physicists for both the A Level and GCSE courses. Boys are encouraged to use these clinics in order to seek help with any aspect of their work in Physics.