Bury Grammar Schools


Physics is an exciting subject exploring everything from the smallest particles to the whole universe and everything in between!  
It has led to great discoveries like computers and lasers, which in turn give us technologies which change our lives - from healing joints to curing cancer. As a fundamental science, knowledge of just a few of the basic concepts of Physics sheds light on many aspects of modern life and learning about them is an enriching experience.
The excellent facilities at BGS allow the teaching staff to provide lessons that appeal to all abilities and learning styles.  We aim to build on existing scientific ideas, challenging misconceptions and stimulating debate with practical work at the core of all topics delivered.  ICT is regularly utilised with the department and all pupils are encouraged to supplement their appreciation of the topics covered in the syllabus by working on one of the variety of support packages made available both in school and via the internet.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the aim of the Physics course is to allow pupils to participate regularly in practical work and to encourage them to develop the good habits that will serve them well in later studies, both in and out of school.


In Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. The topics covered in this syllabus allow us to keep practical work at the forefront of our study, with students witnessing the theories being discussed in practical contexts.  This course provides a wide-ranging understanding of the whole of Physics and provides a solid grounding for all students, whether they wish to take A-level Physics or not.

A Level

Those taking A Level Physics are also taught according to the AQA specification.  This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe and look at theories which explain what is observed.  In Years 12 and 13 we build on the GCSE principles in more depth and learn how to apply Physics to a wider range of real-world problems, exploring areas such as particle physics and astrophysics.  A Level Physics is more than a subject; it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

Head of Department

As a graduate of Manchester University, Mr Curry joined Bury Grammar in 1992 following his PGCE at Leeds University.
Over his career at BGS he has taught all key stages in Physics and has run a regular Physics Clinic.
His interest in Physics lies rooted in the wide range of applications that discoveries in Physics can have in everyday life.