The Perse School

Perse students celebrate best ever results in British Physics Olympiad

5 Mar 2015

This year, The Perse celebrates its best ever results in the British Physics Olympiad, a national competition aimed at young physicists aged 16-18.

In this year’s competition, eight of our sixth formers qualified for Round 2 of the competition after being placed in the top 50 in the country in Round 1. Ir Round 2, Jamie Bamber and Alex Harris both achieved Gold medals, William Drake, Hamish MacGregor, Thomas Mullock and Will Woods were awarded Silver medals, and Samuel Woods and Ebony Zhang received Bronze awards.

Following Round 2, Jamie Bamber and Alex Harris were chosen as two of the 15 students nationally that will take part in Round 3. Round 3 takes the form of an Easter training camp at Oxford University that will determine the selection of a five person team that will take part in the International Physics Olympiad. The training camp is run by physics teachers, lecturers and researchers, where students will get to grips with new material on topics such as thermodynamics, electromagnetism and relativity.

It is the first time since 2007 that The Perse has been represented at this stage of the competition. Dr Mike Goodson, physics teacher at The Perse said: “The achievements of all of these students demonstrates the lengths to which these students are willing to push themselves beyond the syllabus requirements of the courses they are studying.”
Well done to everyone who took part, and good luck to Jamie and Alex in the next round of the competition.

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