Derby Grammar School students regularly take part in British Physics Olympiad (BPhO)  competitions, and this academic year is no exception. Last month, nine of our A Level Physicists took the A2 Physics Challenge.

The BPhO works to encourage the study of physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual competitions, one of which is the A2 Challenge. This is a shorter and more condensed version of the annual Physics Olympiad, which is held in three stages and involves residential stays.

The paper was one hour long and required knowledge of the AS material, as well as a considerable amount of ingenuity! All students did extremely well and achieved a Participation certificate. A special mention goes to Elliot who achieved a Merit certificate. Elliot, and our other top-scorer Paul, are now entering the Physics Olympiad competition.

The Olympiad further challenges young physicists, allowing them to test their physics knowledge, see the real-world problem solving potential of physics and gain a prestigious award for CVs and UCAS forms, as well as qualifying for additional training with the best students, and the chance to represent Britain at the International Physics Olympiad.

Alisa Trubilina is Head of Physics at Derby Grammar School. She said: “I am constantly impressed by my A Level physicists. Taking part in the BPhO competition is over and above their A Level studies, but the whole group relished the opportunity to do that little bit extra.

Their love for the subject is inspiring and as their teacher, to see them achieve success like this is incredibly rewarding. I wish Elliot and Paul all the best for the Olympiad competition!”