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British Physics Olympiad Experimental Competition

In the Michaelmas term a number of Lower Sixth and Year 11 physicists entered the British Physics Olympiad Experimental competition.  For this the students had to undertake a practical investigation into an abstract application of their physics knowledge and produce a written report into their findings – this year they were asked to investigate the rotational motion of a small plastic toy known as a Rattleback.  Our school submissions into the National Competition for both the GCSE category and the A-level category were awarded Silver Certificates – the highest we have ever achieved in this competition.

We were delighted to discover over the Easter break that our A-level submission, written by L6 students Sophie Grantham and Lucy Osborne, had been further judged as one of the top three submissions nationally.

Sophie and Lucy, along with their families, were invited to the British Physics Olympiad Presentation afternoon, held in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Society in London on Thursday 27th April.  They were presented with prizes and certificates by Professor Ron Summers, a professor of Engineering at Loughborough University and Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

We are so proud of Lucy and Sophie’s achievements in this competition, and are very much looking forward to the challenge of next year’s!

Mrs Katie Brudenell, Teacher of Physics  

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