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

Latest News


Post 16 Results
It has been another record year for Wolverley as we celebrate our best ever set of Post 16 results! A level results have improved… Read more


GCSE Results
The students of Wolverley CE Secondary School have once again improved their GCSE performance with the school’s best ever GCSE… Read more


Year 6 Induction Days
We recently welcomed our new Year 7s for their three day induction. They had a true taster of Wolverley ready for their start in… Read more


Flexus Dance Company
Flexus Dance Company visited Wolverley for a one day intensive opportunity to create a curtain raiser piece for a performance at the Arena… Read more


Sports Day 2018
Sports day was held in glorious conditions on the top field. Over 25 school records were broken over the two days making it the most… Read more


Year 5 Transition
We recently welcomed Year 5 students from Wolverley Sebright VA Primary School and St Oswald’s CE Primary to take part in our… Read more


Athletics Team Championship
On the 29th May, Wolverley entered the Athletics Team Championships at Stourport Athletics Club. Students across all years competed in… Read more

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