Winners of the 2014 Teachers of Physics Awards



Jonathan Rockett 
Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall
Awarded for outstanding achievement in promoting the progression of pupils to A-level physics

Jonathan Rockett is an outstanding and exceptionally innovative educator. Under his dynamic and radical leadership the school has secured outstanding numbers of pupils progressing to A-level physics. His department is a place of laughter as well as learning. He forms minds rather than merely filling them, so that his influence lasts way beyond A-Level. His enthusiasm is infectious and his concern for individuals is exemplary.


Neil Heritage 
The King’s School, Chester
Awarded for outstanding achievement in promoting the progression of girls to A-level physics

Neil Heritage has led an outstanding physics department at King's and has been a senior examiner nationally. As head of department, he has led a steadily growing and increasingly successful department, which has among other things proved that both girls and boys can be outstanding physicists. He is greatly respected by his department, by students and by parents, and accepts the award on behalf not only of himself but of all those girls and boys who have studied physics and gone on to careers in science, technology and engineering. 


Mark Nicolaides 
The Purbeck School, Wareham
Awarded for achieving outstanding attainment of pupils in A-level physics

Mark Nicolaides is a dedicated teacher whose passionate enthusiasm for his subject is greatly valued by his students and their parents alike. During his career, Mark Nicolaides has built up a great wealth of knowledge and has generously shared this with his students. He endeavours to engender a sense of aspiration within his students, and his advice helps them to develop excellent life skills as well as a superb knowledge and understanding of physics. Under his leadership physics has become one of the best performing post-16 courses in the school and students often go on to a physics degree once they leave. 


Ken Orr 
Wellington College Belfast
Awarded for outstanding contributions to the teaching of physics

Ken Orr is an inspirational teacher of physics. He has a keen interest in all aspects of the subject, whether it is running the after-school astronomy club or organising annual physics trips. He continues to inspire students to explore physics and the wider world around it, and makes the subject come alive with his unique sense of humour and energy. He has played a valued and active role in the sharing of expertise between teachers, and has made a lasting impact in Northern Ireland. 


Lorna McGarty 
Holy Rood R.C. High School, Edinburgh
Awarded for outstanding contributions to the teaching of physics

Lorna McGarty is an exceptional teacher who both inspires and challenges pupils, doing her utmost to promote their learning both inside the classroom, and through a wide range of extra-curricular activities. She is a consummate professional, keeping herself abreast of current subject specialist developments and educational thinking, and also demonstrates the kind of leadership qualities that ensure the science faculty at her school continues to grow in quality. She has made an invaluable contribution across the whole local area, inspiring, mentoring and encouraging many colleagues over her long and successful career. 


Robert Woodman 
Ysgol Bro Gwaun School, Fishguard
Awarded for outstanding contributions to the teaching of physics

Robert Woodman is an inspiring teacher who develops an excellent rapport with his students, challenging them to enquire about how things work and to search for answers. A tireless innovator, he has developed a very wide range of extra-curricular activities for pupils, and over recent years the number of pupils opting for the subject has continued to rise. He is not only an outstanding classroom teacher and head of science, but is also exceptional in working in his own time to bring science, and in particular physics and astronomy, to many primary schools and to community groups across the whole local area.

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