Awards for Upper Sixth Physicists | King's College Taunton

Awards for Upper Sixth Physicists

On Saturday, our Equestrian Team came sixth in the Jumping with Style at @Keysoe Riding Club! Well done Dandi P, Ti… https://t.co/nhsQUzBiLv - yesterday

Back in November 2020 nine of our Upper Sixth physicists were entered into the British Physics Olympiad,  a competition designed to test the most able young physicists in the country and ultimately is used to select the British Physics Team. 

The competition consists of a very challenging 2 hour 45 minute exam, with questions based on the A level syllabus. However, the demand of the questions is far higher, with each one posed to challenge pupils' understanding of a different aspect of the universe, requiring them to have a separate perspective in order to have a chance of answering it. 

This year’s paper included: coming up with a mathematical expression for the true position of a star by modelling the Earth’s atmosphere as a large number of layers where the speed of light decreases as you approach the Earth’s surface; and predicting the mass ratio of a binary star pair that would become unbound following one of the stars having a supernova explosion using Newton’s model of gravity.

Just to be entered for this competition is a real achievement, and Mr Speyer is delighted with the outcome from Cambridge: four bronze awards, and five commendations.

Tommy R-J, George G, Jamie G and Wang Tsang were the four pupils awarded bronze, with Abigail H, Kent Tsui, Finn K, Jeri W, and Rachel Y awarded a commendation.


Return to News Articles

Contact Us

Open Days

Visit Us

Saturday - 2 October 2021

Open Days are an ideal way of looking around the school to see if you think this might be the one for you and your child.

Please click the button below to learn more.

Reserve my Place