Nine of our Lower Sixth students participated in the British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) Senior Physics Challenge recently. It was a two-part online Physics Assessment with 40 problems, testing general knowledge as well as problem solving and mechanics. Particular mention must to go to Hattie Bolchover who received a gold certificate and placed in the top 10% in the country.  Well done Hattie!

Hattie Bolchover, Aashni Chavda and Riya Pagarani write about the experience below.

We all had completed practice questions with Mr Salter Perez and Mr Duddles in the Extension Physics Programme (offered in every subject in Year 12), and all received either Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates for our performance.

Around 5,270 students participated in the Olympiad from 380 schools all around England, Scotland and Wales. The average score (μ) was 20 with a standard deviation (σ) of 5.6. All the girls who participated study Physics A-level, with the majority planning on studying Engineering at university, however some are interested in doing Geo-Physics or just a general Physics degree.

We spent many weeks preparing online, via Microsoft Teams (due to the current Covid restrictions), through past paper questions and learning about new areas of Physics that we had not seen before. We all found it very interesting to broaden our knowledge and gain a wider understanding of Physics in the real world.