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Blackburn girls buck national trend on physics achievement
11:08am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
GIRLS at an independent Blackburn school are bucking the national trend and excelling at physics.
The Institute of Physics report recently reported that girls are underachieving in this subject.
In 2011, physics was the fourth most popular subject for A-Level among boys in English schools.
But for girls the subject languished in 19th place.
However, school bosses at Westholme Girls’ School in Blackburn said the subject is relished by their female students – and many go on to study engineering courses at university.
Head of physics, Mark Hiller, said girls were almost two and a half times more likely to go on to do A-Level physics if they came from a girls’ school rather than a co-ed school.
He said: “We believe that physics has to be taught by physics specialists, and it has to be taught well.
“Our curriculum is brought to life through experiments such as walking on water in our own swimming pool.
“We expose the students to a range of experiences to ignite their passion and fire their imaginations to the limitless possibilities of physics.”