"In the matter of physics, the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see.”
In the Physics department at Manchester High, our primary aim is to engage and enthuse our students so that they want to understand the world around them. At KS3, we introduce them to the main themes of physics, such as forces, electricity, space science and waves, through a programme that focuses on the experimental aspects of physics. This equips all our students to go on to study either GCSE Physics or Combined Science in Years 10 and 11. Following on from this, we have a very healthy uptake of girls opting to take Physics to A-level.
All our lessons are taught by physics specialists, who have a deep passion for the subject. We supplement our lessons with selected activities for all students outside of the classroom. These include a planetarium visit in Year 8, an engineering project day in Year 10 and a visit to Jodrell Bank in Year 13.
All students have the opportunity to join our Science Club and for students from Year 9, we offer an Electronics Club. Recent extra-curricular physics trips include the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and a trip to Nevada and Arizona to see the Lowell Observatory and Hoover Dam.