The two challenges entered were the Oxford GCSE Physics Challenge for Year 11 students and the Biology Challenge from the Society of Biology for Year 10 students.
The Oxford Physics Challenge includes multiple-choice and short answer sections that aim to test students’ knowledge and understanding of basic physical principles.
The Biology Challenge questions are based on the topics covered in most general biology courses for students of this age but the Biology Challenge also rewards those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes and taking notice of the news for items of biological interest: students who are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.
We enter students into these challenges to allow them to be assessed against a specification that is nothing to do with exam boards. It is a different way of examining the current level of progress the students are making in comparison to other students of the same age around the world, and it is great to see them do so well!
Taking part and doing well in challenges such as these is something that universities and the top schools around the world will recognise and will make candidates stand out as individuals.
Congratulations to the following Year 10 students who achieved a Bronze award in the Biology Challenge, placing them in the top 15% of entrants worldwide: Anne Zimmer, Daniel Tafelski, Yasmin Haines, Yung Lo, Thomas Stieglitz and Natalia Brenn.
Congratulations also go to our Year 11 students, especially those who achieved a Gold award, which places them in the top 5% of all participating institutions worldwide:
Gold awards: Jerome Ching , Hyun Jin Kim and Sung Joon Kim
Silver awards: Yuri lee and Savo Bajic
Bronze awards: Nicholas Rice, Espartaco Gonzalez and Kelly Kim. We must give a special mention to Kelly who is in Year 10 and therefore hasn’t even studied half of the syllabus yet.
Commendations: Sirus Menezes, Sean Hughes, Vivian Chu, Dilara Guntay, Joshua Richardson, Nils Voegtli, Jenny Wang, Jonas Huber and Benedict Zhang