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We're all born with an urge to understand the world around us and Physics is what makes the Earth turn - literally. Physics is the foundation of chemistry, biology, material science, and geology, and it is the basis of all of our human endeavours from mountaineering to space travel, and from Stonehenge and the Pyramids to the World Wide Web.

There are many fields of physics, such as mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, light, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics. Here at KGS you have the opportunity to study them all. Physicists are just like us. They work in schools, hospitals and universities. They play football, search for the Titanic and develop new energy sources that could save the Earth. They experiment underground, on the Moon and search for life in the outer reaches of space. 

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day

Albert Einstein

Physics is taught as a core subject from the Second to Fifth Year and as part of a combined Science course in the First Year. We follow the Edexcel International GCSE syllabus and the AQA A Level syllabus.  Students take either the three separate sciences or Dual Award at GCSE. 

The Department has a high profile within the School and regularly attracts a large number of able students for A Level.  We frequently produce successful Oxbridge physicists and enter students to the British Physics Olympiad competition. 


Outside of regular timetabled lessons, Junior Science Club is a popular co-curricular activity for Lower School students. The Physics Department also organises egg race challenges, together with lectures and visits such as the ever-popular CERN trip and a newer but equally popular trip to The Emirates Aviation Experience where the cockpit simulators keep our young scientists on the edge of their seats (not literally, we hope). The Physics Extension Club and The Faraday Society (Physics and Chemistry) are available to extend and enrich the Sixth Form experience.

Physics A Level Course Guide

Physics Information Booklet


  • Assistant Head of Year -Fourth and Fifth Year; Head of Physics, Mr I Deepchand
  • Second in Physics, Mr M Behnoudnia
  • Head of STEAM; Teacher of Physics; Teacher of Computer Science; Mr T Benson
  • Head of Lower Sixth; Teacher of Physics, Dr A Crampin
  • Teacher of Physics, Mrs P Mayor