Academic Achievements

Recent Academic Achievements (for the year 2016-17):

  • 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

Also see Other Half Achievements.