Physics can help us to understand the fundamental principles that govern the behaviour of the universe. It can help to make sense of everyday phenomena such as light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. But that is not all – studying physics can also improve critical thinking skills, which can be transferred to many other areas of life.

Not only is physics a fascinating subject to study at St Helen’s, but it is also foundational for many careers. If students are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, medicine, or technology, physics is a must.

Our specialised teachers are passionate about physics and work tirelessly to bring the subject to life in engaging and interactive ways. Students work in small groups with other students, allowing for personalised attention and an environment that fosters collaboration and teamwork. In addition, they have access to our specialist laboratories, which are equipped with a full range of apparatus to facilitate your learning and experimentation.

If students are looking to expand their knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural world, then physics is subject for them.

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9–7 at GCSE Physics 2023


9–8 at GCSE Physics 2023


A*–B at A level 2023

"I have really enjoyed my GCSE Physics experience, partially due to an interesting syllabus, but primarily, an excellent teacher! Physics was undoubtedly one of my most engaging lessons; always interesting and interactive."
"Physics has been the science I have enjoyed most over the GCSE period. I especially liked it when iteract in smaller groups and undertake exciting and interesting practical work."
"Physics was always the subject which I felt most relaxed about as our teacher always explained what we were working towards and helped us structure our learning so well!"
"I have really enjoyed GCSE Physics - I had excellent teaching and guidance throughout, and the way we were taught was very organised, so that I always felt I knew where we were in the course."

Academic enrichment

Academic enrichment is woven into the fabric of our curriculum, providing students with endless opportunities to explore and push the boundaries of their learning. Students can immerse themselves in physics by participating in several regional and national competitions run by the Institute of Physics, British Science Week and International Women in Engineering Day. Students also have the opportunity to participate in both the British Physics and British Astronomical Olympiads from Year 10 and beyond. These competitions provide young physicists with a platform to test their knowledge and skills against the best and brightest minds in the country.

We also make full use of the outstanding science facilities in our local area. We regularly visit the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and the JET fusion facility, as well as attend lectures and theatre shows in nearby cities such as Oxford, London, Birmingham and Warwick. This enables students to be exposed to the latest research and developments in the field of physics, igniting their curiosity and passion for the subject.



Students can take their passion for physics to the next level with a range of exciting clubs and societies. From the CREST award scheme to the British Physics Olympiad Experimental Competition in Year 10 and above, there’s always something new to learn and discover.

Even our younger students can get involved, with Year 7 physicists having the chance to be part of the judging panel for the Royal Society Young Peoples’ Science Book Prize, or by becoming a member of our weekly Science Club run by A level students. The Big Build – our summer engineering extravaganza – brings the whole school together for hands-on engineering activities. As do our evening Lower School engineering socials with Abingdon School.

Our flagship Astro Club runs year-round for all year groups, offering extensive opportunities for stargazing and astro-photography in the winter months, and exploring the wonders of particle and quantum physics in the lighter evenings of spring and summer. Join us and explore the mysteries of the universe.

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