Who says girls don't do physics?

Who says girls don't do physics?

16 November 2012
SCHS takes part in world's biggest mult-venue science lesson

We are proud to have participated in an attempt to enter the world record books. In a bid to set the record for the world’s biggest practical science lesson in multiple venues, our pupils conducted science experiments measuring acceleration due to gravity. They were some of the more than 2,000 girls taking part simultaneously at 26 Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) schools and academies across the country as part of this year's 140th anniversary celebrations.

Pupils involved in the experiments ranged in age from ten to 15. One experiment measured the time taken for an object to drop a set distance, and the other timed a swinging pendulum.

Gordon Wright, our Head of Science, commented, “The most disturbing statistic from the Institute of Physics’ recent report was that nearly half of all co-ed maintained schools in England do not send even one girl on to do physics at A-level. In the girls-only environment of the GDST, science subjects are hugely popular and successful. At Streatham & Clapham High School last year one of our Physics A-level students went on to study Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College and this year we have an A level student applying to read Physics at Oxford. The enthusiasm for this experiment, right across our school, shows the degree to which we’re bucking some of the less encouraging educational trends.”