The British Physics Olympiad is a prestigious annual competition run by Oxford University. It consists of very demanding questions that require students to think beyond the constraints of A­level Physics specifications, thus it is aimed at the most able students. It  is an excellent preparation for those applying to the top universities for Physics or Engineering.

CTC has frequently taken part in this competition and has achieved considerable successes, including the coveted gold award, obtained by Zhisheng Mao, now studying Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. Another former student, Yuan Yuan Sun (Sarah) is now at Oxford University studying Physics.

Congratulations go to this year’s students who sat the examination papers and obtained the following results:


  • Chenming (Kevin) Wang
  • Zhetao (Thomas) Xu


  • Rui (Karthus) Li


  • Nicolas Luk Chung Tou
  • Yuyi (Peter) Zhang

Zhetao has obtained a place to read Engineering and Chenming has obtained a place to read natural Sciences, both at Cambridge University. All of these students are active members of the Physics Extension class, a double period every week involving material that goes beyond A-level work.

Zhetao (Thomas) Xu

Chenming (Kevin) Wang

Rui (Karthus) Li

Nicolas Luk Chung Tou