Science Olympiad

British Physics Olympiad

We want our Physics students to be the best in the country.  By participating in the annual British Physics Olympiad competition, our students get the opportunity to sharpen their problem-solving skills against the best classic and current puzzles in the field, set by Oxford University Physicists. The prize certificates earned can be used to demonstrate to future universities and employers our students’ sense of adventure, stamina, determination and resilience, plus their advanced knowledge of physics topics and technical skills.

With gold certificates achieved in local and national rounds of the competition, our next goal is sending a student to the international round of the Olympiad. All our students are invited to participate, and commendation certificates are available to everyone who takes part.

British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.

This helps students gain resilience, independence and encourages wider reading.

Here’s a sample question, have a go, click on your answer, how did you do?

Q: Animal behaviour patterns, in which an individual endangers its life to benefit other members of the group, are called altruistic.  It is believed that altruistic behaviour is favoured by kin selection.  Which of the following examples given below cannot be explained as kin-selection?

A. Suicidal attack by a worker bee guarding its hive

B. Protection of the queen of an ant species by "soldier" ants

C. Protection of lion cubs by a lioness NOT being their mother

D. Warning cries of a bird warning other individuals about approaching danger

E. In fact, all of the above behaviour patterns probably arose through kin selection