Physics

From the study of distant galaxies to the smallest sub-atomic particles, physics is a wide ranging subject, catering for a range of interests. Studying physics gives our pupils a foundation from which they can pursue careers in scientific research, engineering or simply to better understand the world around them.

Physics is a practical subject and we frequently use experimental investigation to establish physical relationships and behaviours. Physics is taught in fully-equipped specialist laboratories allowing pupils to carry out a range of investigations from classic physics experiments to the use of data logging and IT-based analysis.

In Years 9-11, pupils study the GCSE syllabus. They explore the key principles of physics and consider the impact of physics in the modern world. Contentious issues like nuclear power and the use of off-shore wind farms are discussed to better enable pupils to engage in topical scientific debates.

Our pupils become involved in a range of exciting projects and competitions. Through our partnership with Bristol University, our pupils have the opportunity to work with engineering PhD pupils from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications. Our pupils achieve notable success in national competitions, including the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge at which Colston’s came second in the country.

Inspired by the America’s Cup, younger pupils have the opportunity to design and build their own model yachts, using radio transmitters to race them around the school pool. Our sixth formers recently ran a competition for younger pupils to build bridges before testing them to destruction.