Ben Maughan

I studied for GCSEs and A-levels at Wolverley from 1991 to 1996 when it was still a high school. I had a fantastic time there. I was very well-supported by the teachers and have several friends from school that I still see often. I took Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-level which was a great preparation for my degree in Astrophysics at Cardiff University. I got a first class degree and then went on to do a PhD at Birmingham University where I studied clusters of galaxies in the distant universe using X-ray telescopes. Following my PhD I was awarded a NASA research fellowship and moved to Boston (US) to continue my research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

After three years in America I moved to the University of Bristol as a lecturer, and I have been there ever since. I am now a Reader in Astrophysics, and my time is split between continuing my research on clusters of galaxies, super-massive black holes and cosmology, and teaching undergraduate students. I currently lecture courses on Oscillations and Waves to first year students and High Energy Astrophysics to third year students. I am also the admissions tutor for Bristol Physics, which means it is my job to make sure we get the best possible students to come and study Physics with us. I hope to see some Wolverley students coming to join us in the future!

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April 2018
As I approach the end of my 4th year as Headteacher I feel very reflective about the changes at Wolverley over that time. The school has… Read more


March 2018
As we approach the end of another successful term, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Easter. I am thrilled… Read more


February 2018
Well done to everyone who played a part in making our school show such a huge success. Hairspray is a demanding musical to produce and we… Read more


January 2018
Welcome back and a happy new year to all our students, staff and parents. As we start a new year, I would like to update you on some of… Read more

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New Head Students!
Your new Head Students have been voted as Ella Holden and Brandon Bayliss. Brandon would like to introduce activities during lunch times… Read more


Pearl Of Africa
On Wednesday, 29th November 2017 we were very lucky to have the Pearl of Africa Choir..... Read more


Age Mix
The start of the new academic year has seen the introduction of new Senior and Junior Partners to AGE MIX.... Read more


Year 7 Camp
On Friday 15th September, over 125 students from Wolverley CE Secondary School pitched up their tents and prepared for Wolverley’s… Read more

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