Two of our recent Physics A Level students have gained degree sponsorship from the Institute of Electrical Engineers and B.A.E. systems. In 2008 a former Deputy Head Girl, Charlotte Pugh, graduated with first class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh and we are currently involved in the HEADSTART programme - a national drive to encourage young women to consider engineering as a career.
The Department is affiliated to the Institute of Physics and we receive the journals Physics World and Physics Review, both highlighting recent research and news on topics of interest in the field of Physics.
We take advantage of opportunities offered by the Institute of Physics, the Smallpeice Trust and Education Futures to attend presentations, lectures and short courses. The Durham University Particle Physics Masterclass supports part of the A2 syllabus and offers a valuable insight into the study of Physics at a higher level.
Our most able Year 11 and Sixth Form girls are encouraged to enter the British Physics Olympiad competitions - a national challenge which gives them added motivation to excel in their studies. In the 2008 and 2009 Olympiads, four of our girls were successful in gaining Bronze Awards.
Public examination results in 2009 were outstanding, with 100% A*-B grades at A level (50% A) and GCSE (44% A* in Upper Five and 50% A* in Lower Five).