Naomi Smith

    Head of Physics

    Naomi joined Hurst in 2018 having spent the previous few years as STEM consultant teacher at Brighton and Hove High School. She gained a MPhys First-class honours degree from the University of Leeds and spent her early career working in both research and software development for the gas industry. Her favourite physics topic is particle physics and she has led a number of trips to visit the Large Hadron Collider. Naomi is passionate about increasing the number of students choosing to be scientists and engineers and endeavours to link careers information to all subject content as well as offering engineering enrichment activities.


    Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it provides us with the answers to some of the most complex problems in the universe, but it also gives us the tools to explain everyday phenomena. Physicists combine a wide variety of skills, they are literate, numerate, can solve complex problems and are highly sought after by prospective employers.

    In the Sixth Form we offer Physics at A-level and follow the OCR specification.


    The Physics department is housed within the recently extended and refurbished Science block and consists of four spacious, very well-equipped laboratories.

    Practical work is at the heart of our approach to teaching Physics and we have an enviable stock of the latest equipment available, including class sets of touch screen data-logging equipment with a variety of sensors.


    The Physics department offers an array of co-curricular opportunities, including participation in various competitions for the British Physics Olympiad.

    Students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to enter the Engineering Education Scheme, where they are tasked with solving a real-life engineering problem given to them by a sponsor company. Teams entered from Hurst have had a great deal of success in recent years, with regular appearances at the National Finals in this competition. Students also have the opportunity to enter teams for Gold CREST awards, as well as events such as the Electric Egg Race at the University of Brighton.

    In addition, there are weekly extension sessions for those wanting to pursue Physics at university level and weekly Physics clinics for those needing extra support.

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