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Physics

Physics has become rooted in everyday life and can be said to be ingrained in our psyche. From the development of sustainable forms of energy, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer to development of earthquake prediction devices, physics plays a key role in the advancement of both technology and society.

The course has a strong practical emphasis and aims to develop problem-solving ability through discussion work and practical experience. Girls are expected to embrace challenges, experiment with the unknown and above all enjoy a practical approach to the sciences.  We pride ourselves on being ‘hands-on’, open and engaging and expect all girls to leave lessons inspired and with the skills to challenge those around them. “Leave having learnt something new” is central to our ethos.

Teaching methods will be varied and will include teacher-led, small group work, student presentations, discussions and problem solving exercises.  Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed through the written papers at the end of the course.

Students are required to actively participate and become engaged within this subject by reading around the topics taught, watching the media for science related stories and documentaries and by researching and extending their subject knowledge online. 

There is no coursework component at either level. The exams include multiple choice sections, structured questions and extended response questions.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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