The British Physics Olympiad is a prestigious competition run by Oxford University. It consists of very demanding questions that require students to think beyond the constraints of their AS and A-level Physics specifications, thus it is aimed at the most able students and is an excellent preparation for those applying to the top universities for Physics or Engineering. CTC has frequently taken part and has achieved considerable successes, including the coveted gold award. Students volunteer to take part and in the last academic year two students obtained silver awards. A few years ago Linh Pham, one of our Vietnamese students, managed to get through to the last sixteen finalists (the Oxford training camp) and is now studying Physics at Cambridge University.
CTC students also take part in the AS Physics Challenge during their first year of study, obtaining six bronze certificates last year.
Zhisheng Mao, our highest achieving student from the most recent Olympiad is pictured below receiving his certificate from Principal Chris Drew . Zhisheng obtained a Gold Certificate in Round 1, one of only 150 entrants out of nearly 1700 to do so.