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 Institute of Physics                              

The Bulmershe School is one of only six schools nationally to have been selected to pilot a project that aims to address the issue of gender imbalance in subject choice at A-level. The project will build on the good work already being undertaken by the school on gender balance. In the UK, the overall number of students studying chemistry, biology, physics and maths has increased over the last 20 years. Yet the number of girls choosing physics has remained constant at approximately 20%. Consequently, girls across the country are being denied access to an A-level that:



  • is highly regarded by higher education and employers
  • opens doors to interesting degrees
  • is a route to many satisfying and socially valuable careers
  • is intellectually rewarding
  • develops unique and valued ways of thinking


Whilst the primary focus of the project will be to increase the uptake of girls choosing physics at A level, it is hoped that there will be an additional positive effect in other subject areas. The project is run by the Institute of Physics and funded by the Drayson Foundation, and will continue until 2017.

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