The Thomas Hardye School

British Physics Olympiad Awards

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The photograph of the BPhO awards ceremony shows from left to right:
Connor Jackson, The Perse School; Andrea Chlebikova, Brighton, Hove and Sussex 6th Form College; Professor David Mackay; Edward Godfrey, THS; Samuel Nicolls, Hymers College

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Edward Godfrey was honoured as top UK student in the AS competition and the 2nd UK student in the Physics Challenge, two of the four competitions run annually by the British Physics Olympiad:

  • Main British Physics Olympiad for A level students
  • AS competition
  • Physics Challenge for GCSE students
  • Experimental Investigation in age groups for GCSE and A level.

Ed was presented with his award at the Royal Society by Professor David Mackay, Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge and Department of Energy and Climate Change. The award included Professor Mackay’s book “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air”. Professor Mackay also gave a lecture on “Sustainable Energy” to the attendees.

The photograph of the BPhO awards ceremony shows from left to right: Connor Jackson, The Perse School; Andrea Chlebikova, Brighton, Hove and Sussex 6th Form College; Professor David Mackay; Edward Godfrey, THS; Samuel Nicolls, Hymers College

Students from Thomas Hardye School took part in all four competitions this year with many gaining medal award certificates:
http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/olympiad/BPhO.html

In the Autumn term, seven A level students took part in the Main Physics Olympiad: Edward Godfrey and James Brind were awarded Bronze Level 1; Hannah Sanderson Bronze Level 2; Tom Beauchamp, Simon Hadfield, Rachel Januszewski and Richard Peach received commendations. Tom Beauchamp was also commended for his Experimental Investigation.

During the Spring term, students took part in the AS competition and the Physics challenge. At AS, Edward Godfrey gained a gold medal award, Tom Beauchamp and Katie Holmes bronze and Katherine Moore a commendation. Forty nine students entered the Physics Challenge: Edward Godfrey gained gold, Timothy Lawson silver, and William Peach, Alistair Davison, Tyrone Rutherford, Charlotte Whittingham, John Mair, Keziah Element and John Fernley bronze awards.

It is hoped that students from THS will take part in these competitions next year with similar success.

May 2010