Mr Dixon Receives Top Physics Award

Many congratulations to Mark Dixon, teacher of Physics and Second Deputy Head (Academic), who has been announced as being one of six teachers commended for their “outstanding practice as teachers of physics in secondary schools” by the Institute of Physics (IOP).  The awards are given to celebrate the success of teachers whose excellence in the classroom has raised the state of physics and science in schools.

Mr Dixon will be presented with his awards at the IOP’s Awards Dinner on 5 November. The IOP’s teacher support manager, Chris Shepherd, said,

“Teachers are honoured alongside distinguished research scientists and industrialists as a way of recognising that without dedicated teachers there would be no physics researchers or technological base in our society.”

Old Bancroftian(2001-2012)  Harriet Bartlett, who is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University, said,

“Mr Dixon taught me from GCSE right up to A level physics and he was responsible for my love of science. He went over and above the call of duty every single day and was the most inspirational teacher I have ever had.  I can honestly say I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t been privileged to have Mr Dixon as my teacher. He embraced any challenge or question thrown his way and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”


Bancroft’s Head, Mary Ireland, is no less enthusiastic about the commitment and energy which characterises Mr Dixon’s teaching.  She commended him for encouraging “the brightest to push themselves beyond their comfort zone while supporting those for whom the subject is a challenge.” She went on to say, “He runs workshops and revision classes for a whole range of students as well as providing endless one-to-one support out of class. Both girls and boys from Bancroft’s choose to study physics at university because he has helped them to appreciate the underlying beauty of the subject.”

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