Physics

Physics Student Community – South West

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for physics.

Format: three face-to-face and two online enrichment sessions led by EMS spread throughout the year.

Aim: to provide students, that might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting physics.

How to get involved:  Email events@exeterms.ac.uk.  Students remain on the MSC programme until Year 11 and so we can accept nominations for any year group and can make offers of places at any time, should capacity permit.

Capacity: 64 (16 per year)

Our Physics Student Community (PSC) is a rolling programme; once enrolled, students remain members of the Community until Year 11, if they would like to.

Our aim is to bring together and inspire able physics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend masterclasses and receive mentoring; delivering a fascinating insight into the exciting field of physics!

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with peers who are similarly able and motivated, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of physics and its related fields and to demonstrate how physics relates to their lives.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our sixth form.

How it works

Students joining the PSC participate in a series of enrichment days at Exeter Maths School, supplemented by a couple of online sessions!

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops.  They will be  introduced to Physics beyond the normal curriculum and will be encouraged to think about, debate and explore challenging concepts and ideas.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Please email events@exeterms.ac.uk to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

If you are already part of the PSC, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group, year on year.

Date Time Location
Saturday 24 September 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 23 November 1730-1830 Online
Saturday 7 January 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Saturday 29 April 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 14 June 1730-1830 Online

Physics GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students who are not yet working at the highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: Weekly hour-long lessons delivered by EMS teachers after school hours. These are all currently face-to-face lessons at the school. The Year 11 group begins in the autumn term with the programme concluding at February half-term.   The Year 10 programme begins in the spring term.

Aim: to enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education.

How to get involved: Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2022-23 academic year will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 32 (16 per year group).

During a series of workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content.

Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Physics and its related fields, whilst supporting their development; thereby encouraging them towards further study of Physics beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will attend sessions during the autumn and spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring-summer (Year 10 cohort) terms.  Year 10 students return in the autumn term as they move into Year 11.

How to join

Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2022-23 academic year will be posted here soon.

Date Student Time Location
22 September 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
29 September 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
6 October 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
13 October 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
20 October 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
3 November 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
10 November 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
17 November 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
24 November 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
1 December 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
12 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
19 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
26 January 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
2 February 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School
9 February 1630-1730 Exeter Maths School

KS4 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area.

When: 09 February 2023.

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy Physics in a buzzy environment!

How to get involved: Physics teachers are emailed by EMS in the half term before the event takes place.

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

KS5 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: year 12 and 13 students in the South West.

Date: 21 November 2022.

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy physics in a buzzy environment!

Capacity: 60 (15 teams)

How to get involved: Physics teachers are emailed by EMS in the half term before the event takes place.

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