APS News

APS Physics student attends Physics Symposium at Cambridge University

Congratulations to Jake Newton-Kane who has successfully completed a Physics Symposium at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  The residential event provided Jake and other year 13 students with a fantastic insight into degree-level physics and university life.  The students enjoyed lectures and lab work covering mathematics, physics problem solving and quantum mechanics. Students also got a feel for university life by staying in student halls at the prestigius Corpus Christi College.

My trip to Corpus Christi in Cambridge was a fantastic opportunity to experience a sample of university life and Physics at undergraduate level. The quantum mechanics lectures I attended were very complex but it was enjoyable to try and tackle difficult problems. The accommodation was great and the other students were very friendly; I am very grateful to the Ogden trust for giving me the opportunity to stay in Cambridge and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading physics at University.Jake Newton-Kane

APS Physics students awarded Ogden bursary

Two of our A-Level physics students have been awarded an Ogden bursary to pursue their undergraduate physics course.  Josh Cooper Thorne completed his A-Levels in 2014 before embarking on a gap year.  Josh is now reading Physics and Philosophy at Bristol University.  

Ronak Patel completed his A-Levels in 2015 achieving an impressive 4A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.  Ronak is now studying for a Masters in Physics at University College London.  The bursary will help support Josh and Ronak for the next 4 years of their undergraduate study.  We wish Josh and Ronak well and every success in the future.


Year 12 Physics Trip to Dolby Sound Studios

Year 12 Physics Trip to Dolby Sound Studios

On Wednesday the 30th of September, 14 year 12 students and Mr Hammond visited Dolby Sounds European headquarters in Soho Square. The event was organised by into film and is part of a wider program led by the British arm of the European space agency to mark the first British astronaut's forthcoming mission to the international space station.

The event was held in Dolby’s small cinema and the 64 speaker ‘Atmos’ system was demonstrated to full effect by James Shannon, A Dolby engineer who gave us a very well delivered and  enlightening talk on the physics of sound and some career guidance of what being an audio physicist involves. We were then treated to a viewing of Gravity, where the Oscar winning soundtrack could be enjoyed in its full glory.

Here are a selection of quotes from our students.

It was a great trip that taught me a lot about different physical processes such as diffraction, interference and reflection as well as teaching me a lot about the film industry and how important physics is in it.Mourad Dekiouk
It was very interesting learning about where the different speakers are positioned in a cinema to create realistic soundAdam Toeg
It was amazing, very good and knowledgeable.  Never knew there was a physics side to movie making and developingBen Ryan
Simply flabbergasted by the fact that physics has such a great impact on the sound that movies make and how physics is needed to adjust sound level and change the audience’s feelings. And the hot chocolates were very niceRoberto Valverde
Really thrown back by how impressive and immersive the sounds system was. I thought the sound engineer did an excellent job of presenting the possible physics-based jobs within the movie industryTom Moore
The experience of seeing and understanding the science behind the sound of the movie world, it was mesmerising, a truly enjoyable experienceJoseph Dickie

The Ogden Trust

Great news for students and physics at APS: Alexandra Park School has secured a coveted position as an Ogden Trust Partner school.