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The British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) aims to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual Physics competitions. The competitions are designed to test understanding and problem solving skills and are open to able young physicists in school years 11-13 (GCSE to A2 or equivalent). Participation in a British Physics Olympiad is a challenge for able students which allows them to: have fun problem solving, test their knowledge with stimulating questions, see the real-world problem-solving potential of Physics, practise open-ended and unstructured questions (as seen at higher levels of study), gain a prestigious award for CVs and UCAS forms, win Certificates and book prizes, develop the skills required for admission to the top universities, compare their attainment with students from all over the United Kingdom, and qualify for additional training with the best students, and the chance to represent Britain at the International Physics Olympiad.
This year we entered 12 extremely talented students for the A2 Olympiad competition, which received over 2500 entries in total nationally. Five of our students achieved commendations, one achieved Bronze II, three achieved Bronze I standard and three students (James Canning, Fergus Johnson and Fionn Bishop) achieved the highly prestigious Top 50 Gold award. This is the first time in which three students from the Thomas Hardye School have achieved Top 50 status. James has won a place at Oxford University and Fionn at Cambridge, to continue their Physics studies and Fergus has won a place at Cambridge to study maths.
‘Congratulations all the entrants from our school and especially the incredibly gifted top three students, who are some of the most talented physicists I have had the pleasure of teaching in my long career. It is really encouraging that some of the brightest students in the country are still attracted to the prospect of studying Physics at the highest level possible’. – Dr T Rand
Fionn, James and Fergus