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CHALLENGES AND OLYMPIADS

At Abbey College Cambridge we believe in challenging our students to achieve beyond the traditional curriculum. Our students have a proud record of success in national and international academic competitions.
Abbey College Cambridge Maths and Physics Olympiad winners

UK Mathematics Trust Senior Mathematics Challenge and UK Mathematics Olympiad

The Senior Mathematics Challenge is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying mathematics in the United Kingdom. Students answer 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes under exam conditions. Students scoring over 82 points receive a gold award, 65-81 points receive silver and 50-64 points receive bronze. Around 1000 of the top performing students are invited to take part in the UK Mathematics Olympiad, and the very best can represent their country in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the UK Senior Mathematics Challenge and UK Mathematics Olympiad since 2006.

Senior Mathematics Challenge
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Gold12241923243212271431152727
Silver914181517148122026263144
Bronze109139141313171820232725
UK Mathematics Olympiad – Round 1
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Gold111
Silver1221
Bronze1214211
Distinction349963456
Prize Winners34164111
UK Mathematics Olympiad – Round 2
200620072008200920102011201220132013
No of candidates in top 25 in UK31

UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge

The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at our GCSE Mathematics pupils. It involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour. Here are the results achieved by our students in the Intermediate Maths Challenge.

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge
20132014201520162017
Gold43510
Silver16549
Bronze14734

The British Physics Olympiad

The British Physics Olympiad is a competition organised by the Institute of Physics and hosted by the University of Oxford. It is designed to challenge and reward the best physicists in British Schools, and each year over 1,600 students enter the challenge. The competition takes place over 3 rounds with the top performing students being selected for the British team competing at international level. In 2010 we had a member of the British team who competed at the International Physics Olympiad.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the British Physics Olympiad since 2006.

British Physics Olympiad – Round 1
200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Top Gold*213112
Gold51431124
Silver224321362
Bronze I32113215215
Bronze II33471214
Commendation347641548

*Top Gold award introduced in 2011

British Physics Olympiad – Round 2
200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
No of candidates in top 16 in UK11412
Finalist11

GCSE Physics Challenge

The Physics Challenge is a one hour paper for year 11 GCSE pupils. The paper includes multiple choice and short answer sections designed to test students knowledge and understanding of basic physical principals. Our students competed in the Physics challenge for the first time in 2016.

GCSE Physics Challenge
20162017
Gold
Silver22
Bronze 114
Bronze 2
Commendation12

UK Chemistry Olympiad

The competition, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry is designed to stretch and challenge the UK’s brightest Chemistry students. It is a challenging written test of chemical knowledge that takes place over two rounds. Questions are based on real world chemistry problems and give students an opportunity to develop and showcase some of the skills required for studying chemistry at university and beyond.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the UK Chemistry Olympiad.

UK Chemistry Olympiad
200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Finalist1
Gold113112
Silver6352216733
Bronze2545326535

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is open to our lower 6th A level students. It is set by a team of experienced teachers and university chemists. The challenge consists of a 90 minute written paper. Students who perform well receive a certificate of achievement, and those who perform best receive an invitation to a residential summer camp at the University of Cambridge.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
2011201220132014201520162017
Roentegenium Award11
Gold5N/A5134
Silver2N/A4447
Copper31N/A2439

 

British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad consists of two one hour multiple choice papers designed to stimulate and challenge students with an interest in biology to expand their talents.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the British Biology Olympiad.

British Biology Olympiad – Round 1
200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Gold11
Silver322122
Bronze23331
Highly Commended25333
Commended22

British Informatics Olympiad

The British Informatics Olympiad is the national computing competition for schools and colleges. It aims to encourage students to take an active interest in information technology, and to allow them to exchange meet and exchange ideas on computer programming. In 2006 one of our students was selected for the British team for the International Informatics Olympiad.

Here are the results achieved by our students in the British Informatics Olympiad.

British Informatics Olympiad
200620072008200920102011
Finalist1
Bronze12
Distinction11
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