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British Physics Olympiad Success for Year 12 Students

7 students from the Y12 Physics group sat the British Olympiad "Senior Physics Challenge" paper a couple of weeks ago. The papers have now been marked and we are very pleased to say that between them they achieved one Gold, one Silver, three Bronze I and two Bronze II awards. The one hour paper was very challenging and really different to the style of A Level questions. 

The British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) is a series of ten competitions in the study of physics for students in Years 11–13 in the UK. Founded in 1979, the BPhO has been used as a qualifier for selection into the UK Physics Team for the International Physics Olympiad. The organisation aims to encourage the study of Physics and through ten annual Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics competitions. This year over 3,000 students from 482 schools participated in the UK.

These challenging competitions are designed to test understanding and problem solving skills, participation in a British Physics Olympiad allows students to:

  • Have fun problem solving by testing their knowledge with stimulating questions
  • Experience the perseverance and determination required to solve harder problems
  • See the real-world problem-solving potential of physics
  • Gain a prestigious award for CVs and UCAS forms
  • Win Certificates and book prizes
  • Develop the skills required for admission to top universities.

Lukas was our top performer with Gold, this meant he was in the top 7.1% across all UK entries. Leo achieved Silver (top 27.3% of over 3048 entries). This is a fantastic achievement, and along with the success of our Year 13 students, we hope this inspires next year's cohort to take part in the challenge. 

"They all did themselves proud, and should be commended for taking this on in their own time. It's great experience, and hopefully they will all continue developing their problem solving skills off the back of it." 
Dr Hodrien