The study of Physics at Aston focuses on trying to understand both the world around us and the wider universe through logical thought, and the scientific method. Students are introduced to the importance of experimental work to back theoretical concepts and encouraged to question ideas that cannot be defended by empirical observations.
Staff here are highly experienced, qualified and enthusiastic about Physics education. Currently there are four teaching staff and a highly skilled full time technician in the department with a variety of backgrounds ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Electronics.
In the earlier years at the school there is a strong emphasis placed on developing practical skills and a ‘hands-on’ approach to the subject. As student then progress through the school, and ideas encountered become increasingly complex, there is a greater emphasis placed on the mathematical nature of the subject. In addition to the development of fundamental scientific concepts this encourages a broader development of problem solving skills and logical thinking.
The department runs numerous lectures and trips. Recent visits have included a residential Upper Sixth trip to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy where they had an opportunity to look at the UK’s National Fusion research Laboratory and speak to Research Physicist.
Staff Names and Roles
- Mr A.Sheergill- Assistant Head teacher/Teacher of Physics
- Mr S.Kumar – Subject Leader for Physics
- Mr R. Uddin – Teacher of Physics
- Mr J Watkins- Teacher of Physics
- Mrs M.Vanroy – Laboratory Technician
Useful Websites to support your son’s learning
- BBC Bitesize (Physics) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpm6fg8
- Hyper-Physics – http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html
- School Physics – http://www.schoolphysics.co.uk/
- Physics World – http://physicsworld.com/
- New Scientist – https://www.newscientist.com/
- org – http://www.physics.org/
Opportunities outside of lessons
- Sixth form Trip to CERN Geneva.
- Sixth Form trip to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
- Year 10, trip to Cambridge to attend Physics at Work exhibition by IOP
- Lower School trip Science Museum