Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It forms the basis of our understanding of the Universe and provides an excellent general knowledge base for understanding the physical world. It gives you a real edge in the modern world that is increasingly dependent on scientific advances. It provides skills for life in problem solving, practical skills, synthesising information and linking ideas.

Physics Department Staff
  • Dr K Puech - Head of Department
    Dr Puech joined St Catherine’s in 2001 after having worked in Optical Communications in Germany and the UK. Her special area of interest in Physics is lasers and nonlinear optics, which she studied for her PhD. A glutton for punishment, she enjoys training for and participating in triathlons. Her main interest, though, is relaxing and spending time with her family.
  • Mrs J Cringle - Physics Technician
    Mrs Cringle joined the school in January 2002 having previously worked as a Physics Technician at Woking 6th Form College. She has also worked at the Trace Elements Laboratory University of Surrey (part of the Biochemistry department at the RSCH)
    She enjoys helping organise events for charities including the HALOW Project and The MS Society. In her free time she likes swimming. 
  • Mrs J Deakin
    Mrs Deakin joined St Catherine’s in 2014 as Director of Studies. She holds a Physics degree from the University of London where she also enjoyed a stint in research, studying the magnetism of rare earth magnetic multilayers.  Mrs Deakin is a keen musician and singer and when she is not plugged into her computer can usually be found on the water or on horseback, usually accompanied by family members
  • Dr A Suleman
    Completed an MSci degree in Physics in 2012 at University College London, followed by a PhD in Condensed Matter and Material Physics conducted at London Centre for Nanotechnology, before joining St. Catherine’s in 2016. Apart from Physics, his other passion is football.
  • Mrs A Wakefield

    After her degree in Pure & Applied Physics at the University of Nottingham, Mrs Wakefield travelled extensively in Africa and France before becoming a partner in a successful adventure holiday company.  Raised in a boys’ boarding school in Surrey, she returned to the world of teaching after over 20 years in business.  In any precious spare time she loves to ski, train for triathlons, learn new languages and spend time with her family.