The 'phenomenal' scientist at Ashford School

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The 'phenomenal' scientist at Ashford School

Best in Everyone Awards

United Learning’s annual Best in Everyone Awards recognises the talents, achievements and dedication of pupils and staff across over 80 schools across the country. In this series of blog posts, we put the spotlight on some of our worthy winners.

In 2019, Charlie was awarded the Science Award at United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards. A committed and enthusiastic physicist throughout his academic career at Ashford School, his passion for the subject was infectious, far beyond the scope of the A-level syllabus.

Throughout his time at Ashford School, Charlie’s academic performance was phenomenal, achieving an impressive a 90% average in A-level Physics. As well as being able to sustain such amazing results, Charlie was a physics mentor to younger students and volunteered his spare time to teach Mandarin Chinese to another student as an additional language.  

Constantly seeking to extend his knowledge and understanding of Physics beyond the classroom, Charlie participated in the British Physics Olympiad, which recognises excellence in annual competitions for students in Years 11 - 13. After preparing independently, Charlie was awarded a Gold medal and ranked one of the top 100 students in the country. Continuing his success, Charlie achieved a gold medal in the UK Chemistry Olympiad and participated in The British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad, despite never having studied this in school!

Charlie’s theoretical excellence is backed up by outstanding practical skills, demonstrated during the completion of a Gold CREST award where he had the opportunity to choose a topic and methodology for a hands-on investigation. After carrying out extensive practical research over several weeks, Charlie taught himself the statistics needed for the analysis and independently developed a mathematical model to explain his findings. Charlie presented his project to the entire school in a way that his teachers described as “fascinating, highly accessible and inspiring to his peers”.

Charlie is now reading Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge. We wish Charlie continued success in his academic pursuits and look forward to what this flourishing young scientist achieves in the future.

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