Success at Chemistry and Physics Olympiads

In January, 74 students attempted the fiendishly difficult UK Chemistry Olympiad paper. With questions about Lucy Bronze, bacterial “fuelomycins”, iodate salts, MRI machines and cabbages, the paper challenged the Sixth Formers to apply their A Level knowledge to real world contexts.

A record-breaking 15,000 students entered the paper nationally, with a higher proportion of Year 12 students than in previous years.

Well done to our 36 students who received a Bronze Award, demonstrating solid understanding of chemistry and its applications.

Particular congratulations to Avni, Joseph, Prem, Alexander, Aditya, David, Zoe, Trisha, Rishi, Jasmine, George, Nana, Alesia, Ayyan, Surya and Mohammed, who all gained a Silver Award, coming in the top 25% of all candidates.

And special mention to the ten students who were awarded a Gold Award: Leon, Calum, JL, Thomas, Ben, Rosalind, Aditya, Saud,  Bethan and Leo – well done on demonstrating an exceptional knowledge of chemistry.


This year, four Year 13 students have progressed beyond the selection rounds to the highly competitive British Physics Olympiad (BPhO), a competition that tests problem-solving skills on Physics far beyond the scope of A Level.  Sebastian, Sri and Henry all achieved Gold awards and Samuel, a Silver award. Gold awards place competitors amongst the top 2% of Physics students in the country and Silver in the top 5%.  Best of luck to these students in their planned next steps in Science; Cambridge University for Computer Science for Sebastian and Engineering for Sri and Henry respectively, and Physics at Oxford University for Samuel.

Year 12 student Sam had the courage to tackle the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (BAAO) – probably the hardest competition of the BPhO portfolio. Sam achieved a Bronze Award for his astronomical efforts, placing him in a particularly rarified group of students.

Well-deserved congratulations are due to these five pupils and all who participated in the Olympiad selection rounds.