Burgess Hill student in world physics contest

St Paul's Catholic College pupil Deaglan Bartlett who has got to the International Physics Olympiad - picture submitted
St Paul's Catholic College pupil Deaglan Bartlett who has got to the International Physics Olympiad - picture submitted
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A sixth form student at St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill will be representing Great Britain in the International Physics Olympiad in India this weekend (July 4).

Deaglan Bartlett was chosen out of 1,900 of the country’s top A-Level physics students who were entered into the British Physics Olympiad competition.

After three rounds, and several hours of challenging physics examinations and experimental work, Deaglan is one of five students who will be flying out to Mumbai to compete against over 80 other countries.

Deaglan, who is a triplet, said: “I was delighted and surprised to find out that I had been selected to represent Britain in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).

“The competition has been an amazing and rewarding experience where I have challenged myself and met other physics students from across the country. I’m looking forward to visiting Mumbai and competing against the other countries in July.”

Peter Clarke, Deaglan’s physics teacher said: “Deaglan is an extremely talented and naturally gifted physics student. I am delighted that his abilities have been recognised by his success in this competition. To get to the final five out of nearly 2,000 top physics students in the country, and now be representing Britain - this is a remarkable achievement.”

The International Physics Olympiad is the culmination of the British Physics Olympiad competition.

More than 80 countries are represented at the IPhO, established in 1967.

As in the sporting Olympics, it offers students both the opportunity to test themselves at the highest level and a unique cultural and social opportunity.

Despite the two challenging five hour exams, a festival atmosphere persists and the programme of excursions and social activities gives students the chance to learn about the host culture and make friends from across the globe.

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