3 of our brilliant young Fifth Form physicists from Oswestry School entered the British Physics Olympiad Challenge and returned home with outstanding awards.
These highly demanding tests, set by Oxford University, are designed to separate out A* candidates by stretching and challenging even the most gifted. Based upon GCSE knowledge, but applied to unfamiliar contexts, these feel more like AS Level papers than GCSE. Preparation involved some tutorials and past paper practice to limber up the mental muscles.
Roly Hancock gained a commendation, finishing in the top 1800 candidates while Isaac Dai earned a Silver Award finishing in the top 250 candidates nationally.
Max Clarke received a Gold Award for finishing in the top 100 candidates placing him in the top 3% of students who will achieve A* grades in GCSE Physics.
Physics teacher, Mr John McIntyre, said, “I am extremely proud of the boys who entered the competition. From a field of 3,418 candidates they proved themselves to be exceptional physicists and I am looking forward to their progression to A level in September.”