Ed lands top mark in physics challenge

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By Dorchester People | Thursday, February 03, 2011, 11:00

ED Godfrey, a Year 13 student at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, has been judged top young physicist in the country.

Fellow students also achieved exceptional results in the British Physics Olympiad competition which was entered by 1,700 talented young physicists.

The examination-based competition has run for 25 years with the dual purpose of challenging and rewarding the best young physicists in British schools and of selecting the UK Physics Team for competition at international level.

Top achievers go forward to the international competition, which this year will be held in Thailand.

When the results for round two of the 2011 competition were announced they revealed that Ed Godfrey had landed a gold award with 97 marks, the highest score recorded in the country, to make him officially the best young physicist in Britain.

Tom Beauchamp also received a gold award with 72 and was also ranked in the top 50.

Both will go on to sit a further examination, which is supervised by Oxford University and set at a higher standard than A level, to select those who will go on to the final residential team selection in round four.

A school spokesman said: “For one school to achieve two golds is an exceptional result.

“Indeed all the Thomas Hardye students did very well, because the competition begins at an already very high standard. “

Jake Gale scored 50 and Katie Holmes 46 to earn silver awards.

Katherine Moore scored 37, Jonathan New 35 and Sophie Wakeford 33 to earn bronze gradings.


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