Students learn, develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of how Physics works at Brentwood. Using theory and experiments, students explore questions about the world around us: from the smallest atomic particles to the galaxies above our heads. We also have an amazing range of equipment that allows students to perform experiments often done as demonstrations elsewhere.
As study progresses into the Sixth Form, there is an emphasis on the historical, social, philosophical, economic and technological use of Physics in present-day society. We have vibrant discussions, so that students are always considering what they learn in the context of ‘real world’ situations. For example: although we can do some things through scientific advancement, does it always mean that we should?
Studying Physics in the Sixth Form can lead to all sorts of subjects at university level: pure Physics, Engineering, Medicine and a wide range of other scientific and technological courses.
The aim of the Physics department is to inspire curiosity and wonder about the world around us; to help students understand how we think it works. Most importantly, it is hoped that the students will continue a vested interest in and build on their enjoyment of Physics throughout their time at Brentwood.
To view the Physics curriculum please click here.
The Physics Department comprises of an energetic and enthusiastic team of six teachers whose individual personalities can each be encapsulated by quotations from one of the all-time great physicists, Albert Einstein…
Mr Alex Robson
Head of Department
"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Mr Robson, as the Head of Physics, is both a strong and fair leader whose flair for exhilarating and fun practicals fuels the enthusiasm for pupils to learn.
Mrs Nicola Heelam
“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”
Mrs Heelam embraces the challenges of being responsible for the First Year Science course, in addition to her Physics duties, and ensures her patience and experience benefit all her pupils.
Mr Leigh Jenkins
"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Mr Jenkins is our fountain of knowledge - especially in the vast topic of Astronomy - and engages with pupils to ensure that lessons are both entertaining and factual.
Mr Roger O’Rourke
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Mr O'Rourke, who teaches both Physics and Chemistry, is like the Peter Pan of the Science World. His exuberance and knowledge combined bring fun and exploration to all those in the classroom.
Dr Katelia Stavri
"The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Dr Stavri uses her innovative ideas and structured delivery to inspire pupils in both confidence and knowledge.
Mr James Williams
“It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.”
Mr Williams’ dynamic approach to teaching enhances the pupil’s interest and creates an infusion of curiosity and intrigue.