BPhO: Year 11 British Physics Olympiad
The BPhO is to encourage the study of physics and to recognise excellence in young physicists through ten annual physics competitions.
181 of our Year 11 students took part (with 4710 sitting it nationwide). As with the L6 recently, only the stronger students nationally would have sat the paper.
The Physics Department were impressed with the results achieved, which included: 61 gold, 102 silver and 13 bronze awards. Nationally the results were as follows; 18.4% achieved Gold, 46.9% silver and 28.2% bronze awards. Our top scorers were: Andrei with a very impressive 39/40, Ugas with 36/40 and Will and Leo both with 35/40. Nationally only one person in the country achieved full marks and Andrei is one of only 3 students in the country to achieve 39/40 which is extremely impressive. Ugas came in the top 50 nationally and Will and Leo were in the top 100. Our congratulations go to all four of them on their very impressive results.
BAAO: Year 13 British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad — Round 2
Ansh (Year 13) was invited to take part in Round 2 of the competition. This is a fantastic achievement. Students always find this paper difficult, it is taken to test for stamina, determination and resilience, not merely knowledge of physics topics and technical skills. It is set as a direct challenge to academic strength. Those invited should certainly include their participation in their personal statement for university applications. The majority of students would not even try the level of questions set in this paper. The paper is set at that level in order to set an extreme challenge.
Ansh was awarded a silver medal in the competition.
GOLD (mark range 46 – 100): 21 students (26.6%)
SILVER (mark range 30 – 45): 37 students (46.8%)
BRONZE (mark range 0 – 29): 21 students (26.6%)
Our congratulations go to Ansh on this considerable achievement.