Winners of the Teachers of Physics Award 2013
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, Birmingham
Stuart Davenall has been an outstanding and dedicated educator for over 30 years. As Head of Department, his leadership and his own exceptional teaching has led to a dramatic increase in the number of students taking AS physics. He brought enthusiasm and passion for his subject to every lesson, and his ability to bring enjoyment to even the most mundane demonstration is legendary. Excellent at giving support and leading by example, he is greatly respected by students and staff alike.
Louise Fitzhenry and Sarah Usher
Colyton Grammar School, Devon
Sarah Usher (pictured right) and Louise Fitzhenry (left) are exceptional teachers who love physics and create an enthusiasm and passion for the subject in the students that they teach. Both have a talent for making physics relevant and fun. Their active, energetic and inventive teaching uses real world examples and applications and opens students’ eyes to the possibilities that studying physics provides. This is reflected in exceptional results at GCSE, and beyond that, the number of students, particularly young women, who are inspired to go on to study the subject at A level.
John Cabot Academy, Bristol
Kevin Milburn is a truly excellent teacher who has enabled his students to achieve outstanding results. As Leader of KS3 Science, he has shaped a physics department that has gone from strength to strength, providing some of the most innovative science teaching in the area. He is greatly respected in the teaching community and has been invited to share his excellent practice by providing teacher training courses for the University of the West of England.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork
Sian Joyce is an inspirational teacher who creates remarkable enthusiasm and engagement among her students. Her impressive physics knowledge combined with her excellent teaching strategies bring out the best in all of her pupils. She is willing to go the extra mile, giving up many hours of her own time to run after school classes and encourage and support students to take part in extra-curricular activities. Her dedication helped a team of her students to win the ESERO CanSat national competition and go on to represent Ireland in the European competition, where they were placed second – truly an outstanding achievement.
Lossiemouth High School, Moray
Alex Munro is an outstanding teacher whose passionate enthusiasm for his subject and thoughtful approach to teaching is greatly valued by his colleagues and students alike. He is held in the greatest respect by pupils past and present, who are impressed by his dedication and love for teaching, as well as his innovative and engaging lessons. During his career, he has built up a wealth of knowledge and has generously shared this expertise with his colleagues. Not only has he always been willing and able to support teachers in his own school, he has shown a commitment to sharing his knowledge with the wider teaching community, and has been invited to run CPD workshops and develop teaching resources to share his exemplary practice.
Penglais School, Aberystwyth
Stephen Jones is an exceptional teacher who has developed the talents and interest of pupils across a wide ability range, achieving outstanding results. He has worked tirelessly to develop the introduction of the BTEC Applied Science course, and has introduced the Crest awards scheme for special needs pupils, which has helped enormously with motivation and given pupils a great sense of achievement. Giving selflessly of his time, he has encouraged students to take up extracurricular activities and spent many hours supporting them. He has developed strong links with Aberystwyth University, giving his students a chance to develop their investigation skills in the undergraduate labs, an experience that has influenced many students to choose physics at degree level.