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British Physics Olympiad Success

School News April 17, 2019


This year, Wycombe Abbey is pleased to have achieved excellent results in the British Physics Olympiad

In the AS Challenge paper, A. Qiu achieved a silver award for coming within the top 10% of all the pupils that sat the examination. This gives her a wonderful extra addition for her personal statement and admissions essays which she will complete next year.

In the GCSE challenge, C. Zhou achieved a gold award for coming within the top 5% of all the pupils that sat this paper. 

I am sure you will extend your congratulations to the girls that sat an incredibly difficult paper and achieved due to their tireless study. 

The BPhO is hosted by University of Oxford, the Institute of Physics (IOP), and the Odgen Trust with offices located in the physics department of the University of Oxford. All problems are proof-based, so pupils will need to apply a large range of knowledge,

They are the most competitive national physics competitions in the United Kingdom. Top pupils from the UK and China compete together for the top awards, which is something that the major universities in the UK look for when applying to universities. 

The AS Challenge is an exciting opportunity for pupils to stretch their lateral thinking skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations. The AS Challenge is a single, one-hour paper that provides an excellent tool to assess and challenge pupil's ability to work at advanced level and beyond.

The GCSE Physics Challenge is a single, one-hour paper that is suitable for Year 11 pupils (GCSE, Standard Grade or equivalent level). The paper includes multiple-choice and short answer sections that aim to test pupil’s knowledge and understanding of basic physical principles.

All papers are marked and graded:

· Gold

· Silver

· Bronze Ⅰ

· Bronze Ⅱ

The grade mark for the top awards changes each year depending upon the difficulty of the paper. 

Congratulations to our pupils for their outstanding achievements!


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