Academic Achievements

Recent Academic Achievements 2017/8 (apart from A Level & GCSE):


  • 22 offers achieved: 12 Oxford; 10 Cambridge
  • Subjects: Biochem, Chemistry, Classics x2, Classics & French, Computer Science x2, Engineering x2, English Lang & Lit x2, History, Ancient & Modern History, HSPS, Japanese, Land Economy, Linguistics, Mathematics, Mech Engineering, Music, NatSci x 2

Extended Project Qualification (U6th)

  • 14A*, 10A, 8B, 2C


  • Biology Olympiad (Upper Sixth): Gold x1, Silver x 4, Bronze x 1.
  • Intermediate Biology Olympiad (Lower Sixth): Gold x2, Silver x1, Bronze x1, Highly Commended x2.
  • Biology Challenge (Fourth Year): Gold x 4, Silver x 13, Bronze x 3.


  • Chemistry Olympiad: Gold x 4, Silver x 4, Bronze x 1.
  • RSC Chemistry Challenge: A team of four 4th years won the Thames Valley heat to qualify for the South East Regional Finals at the University of Greenwich. They were also winners of the regional final.
  • C3L6. Lower Sixth Cambridge Chemistry Challenge: 1x Roentgenium award (top 50 out of over 8000 taking the test and a place on a weeks residential course at Cambridge University in the summer holidays), 2x Gold award.

Computer Science

  • British Informatics Olympiad finalist (top 15 in the country Invited to Cambridge training).
  • Winner of National Cipher Challenge.
  • Finalist in the Under 13 UK Computational Thinking Challenge.


  • A record four boys secured the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.
  • One boy made it through to the final of the Technology Design and Innovation competition.
  • One boy designed and manufactured a model spaceship which was then selected to be flown to space as part of the schools microgravity rocket experiment.
  • Four teams qualified for the regional finals of the bloodhound rocket design competition.


  • One boy won a place on the ‘leadership in the business world’ summer programme run by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Two successful Oxbridge candidates: one studying History at Christ Church and one is studying Ancient and Modern History at Somerville.


  • Gold certificate x1 in UK Linguistics Olympiad 2018.
  • Bronze x11.


  • Junior Maths Challenge: 23 Gold certificates. 13 boys qualified for the Junior Kangaroo, 4 achieving merits. 2 boys qualified for the Junior Maths Olympiad, 1 gained a distinction, the other a merit. The distinction places the boy in the top 210 pupils nationally.
  • Junior Team Maths Challenge: 2 second years and 2 third years. Awarded first place at Regional finals and went to the National Finals in London.
  • Intermediate Maths Challenge: 50 Gold certificates. 32 boys qualified for the Pink kangaroo with 13 achieving merits. 13 boys qualified for the Grey Kangaroo with 4 gaining merits with one boy gaining an impressive full marks! 6 boys qualified for Olympiads, and here there were 4 merits and 1 distinction. One boy performed within the top 50 nationally and so gained a medal and a book prize.
  • Senior Maths Challenge: 26 Gold certificates. 17 boys qualified for the Kangaroo with 6 gaining merits. 7 boys qualified for Olympiads with 4 gaining a distinction.
  • Senior Team Maths Challenge: 17th out of 86 teams in the National Finals.
  • Cartwright Problem Solving Group (Middle School): Had their solution to an nrich problem published on the nrich website.
  • Princeton Maths Competition: Team came 3rd out of postal entries and 11th overall.
  • National Cipher Challenge: one boy achieved 1st prize.


  • French: Two Upper Sixth boys won the Cheltenham French debating competition.
  • Spanish: One Lower Sixth boy won First Prize in the University of Cambridge's Corpus Christi College Languages and Linguistics Essay competition. Two Sixth Formers reached the semi-finals of the Cheltenham Spanish debating competition.


  • One boy won a Choral Scholarship to read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford for 2018.
  • Several boys submitted their own soundtracks for a BBC Blue Planet film extract produced in the Music Technology lab as part of last year’s subject prize in Music.


  • Blott Matthews National Engineering prize: One team achieved 3rd place and two achieved special merits.
  • GCSE physics challenge: 2 Gold awards, 2 Silver awards.
  • AS Physics challenge: 6 Silver awards, 1 Gold award.
  • British Physics Olympiad: 1 Gold award, 2 top Gold awards.
  • British Physics Olympiad round 2: 1 Silver award, 1 Bronze award.
  • 1 student currently holds the 4th longest Isaac Physics streak in the country.

Also see Other Half Achievements.

  • In DT, one boy made it to the final of the ‘Triumph young designer of the year award’ where he won the Design Communication award for his graphical and CAD communication work in his A-Level piece.
  • In the UK Linguistics Olympiad Abingdon boys won 3 Gold medals, 4 Silver and 9 Bronze.
  • One boy was commended in the English Media Centre Close Reading Competition having written a close critical analysis of an extract from The Glorious Heresies.
  • One boy was awarded the Science Time Cup for Creative Writing.  
  • In 2016, one of our boys was awarded a Royal Geographical Society’s Excellence Award for achieving the highest raw mark in the iGCSE.
  • One boy received a ‘commended’ in the Peterhouse Vellacott History Prize.
  • A team of boys took part in the Princeton University Maths Competition (open to the whole world). They came 6th out of all postal entries, and produced an intriguing and very professional set of solutions.
  • Many sixth formers worked in teams to tackle the Ritangle competition (Maths). One team managed to submit a correct solution, meaning Abingdon School was one of only 18 schools nationwide with a team completing the challenge.
  • In the Senior Maths Challenge, over 90 boys took part, with 31 boys qualifying for the follow-on Kangaroo or Olympiad rounds. Four boys earned a distinction in the Olympiad Paper, with one qualifying for the 2nd round, putting him in the top 100 in the country.
  • Four boys came third in the Senior Team Maths Challenge. They dropped only one mark in the first round, scored full marks in the cross number round but found the very last question tricky and so achieved a commendable 3rd place overall.
  • In the Intermediate Maths Challenge, 55 students qualified for the follow on rounds. Of the 7 that took Olympiad papers, 5 gained a Merit, and 2 achieved Distinctions. One received a Medal for coming in the top 100, and the other received both a medal and a book prize for a score in the top 50.
  • Four boys attended the Year 10 Maths Feast and all competed in a variety of ‘meal’ themed rounds on a range of Mathematical topics. Each round was judged individually, so there was no overall winner, but instead winners in each round. Our boys put in a fine performance, jointly winning the ‘Main Course’ - Comprehension Round, and being the standout winners of the ‘Petits-Fours’ Relay. They also picked up a nomination for excellent teamwork, and were one of only two schools to win multiple rounds.
  • In the Junior Maths Challenge, 6 students qualified for the Kangaroo, with 3 of those achieving Merits.
  • In March, four boys came third in the Regional Final of the Junior Team Maths Challenge.
  • One Lower Sixth boy came joint first in the Oxford French film competition organised by the Oxford University Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
  • Two Lower Sixth boys won the regional heat of the ISMLA French debating competition and went to the Institut Français in London to take part in the national final.
  • One boy gained ‘highly commended’ for his essay in the Oxford German Olympiad
  • Eight Abingdon pupils received awards in the National Chinese Calligraphy Competition.
  • Biology Intermediate Challenge Results (lower sixth): 9 golds, 5 silvers, 2 bronze, 2 highly commended.  
  • Biology Olympiad Results (upper sixth): 4 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze, 1 highly commended, 1 commended.  Two boys did sufficiently well to go onto the next round of the competition.  
  • Biology Challenge Results (fourth year): 5 gold, 31 silver, 36 bronze, 13 highly commended, 6 commended.
  • Chemistry Olympiad 1st round: 8 golds and 2 silvers. A record number of golds. One lower sixth boy selected for the second round.
  • C3L6 Lower Sixth Cambridge Chemistry Challenge: 2 Roentgenium awards and 7 golds. That was a record number of golds. Both Roentgenium award winners – placed in the top 50 of over 7000 entries - were invited to a summer school at Cambridge University. They also received awards at a presentation in London.
  • U6 Physics Olympiad: 1 Silver, 4 Bronzes & 7 commendations
  • L6 Physics Olympiad: 3 Gold, 8 Silver & 12 Bronze awards
  • Physics GCSE Olympiad: 1 Gold, 11 Silver and 17 Bronze awards