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Physics department bucks national trend

23 May 2014


BBC News reported last week on a new Institute of Physics (IOP) research project which has been launched to investigate why so many girls currently drop physics after GCSE,


The story describes the situation as a 'chronic problem' which "seriously limits girls' choice of future careers."


At Walthamstow Hall an opposite trend has become firmly established as the successful Physics department goes from strength to strength. From September 2014 an additional A level Physics class will be created as a very healthy 30% of Lower Sixth students will be studying the subject.


Walthamstow Hall's strength in Physics, and in Chemistry and Biology, is well-established. Science plays a dynamic role in the Walthamstow Hall curriculum from a very early stage with a Science lab in the Junior School purpose-built to enable Junior School sized pupils to enjoy science lessons and clubs taught by specialist teachers. 


In the Senior School students study the three separate sciences from the very start in Year 7.  The Science labs are exceptionally well-equipped. Interesting practical work is a priority in every lesson and is taught by inspiring, expert teachers. Science teaching is exciting, it makes Biology, Chemistry and Physics accessible to every student and imparts the departments’ inherent belief that girls can excel in Science.  Head of Physics, Dr Philip Le Bas says, "We quickly dispel common misconceptions and open students' eyes to the fact that they can do Physics and do it very well."


The success of Walthamstow Hall’s formula is borne out not just by the high numbers of students studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A level but also by the excellent grades they achieve and by the high numbers of students gaining places at top universities to study Science and Medicine based degrees each year.