Hamptonians enjoyed success at the annual UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO), a competition that challenges pupils to solve linguistic data problems.

This national competition, which is similar to other academic Olympiad challenges, presents the pupils with a language that they have not studied before and tests their ability to decode linguistic information.

A group of 30 Hamptonians from Third Year to Upper Sixth took part in this year’s Olympiad and secured seven gold, four silver and nine bronze awards. Particular congratulations go to Fifth Year pupil Pallav Bagchi and Lower Sixth Former Matthew Cresswell who both gained a score of over 85% and were named in the top 18 of over 1,600 candidates. The Hamptonians will now go forward to round two of the Olympiad at the University of Greenwich later this month.

Classics teacher, Miss Amy Winstock, who organises the initiative at Hampton, praised the boys for their performances:

What a way to kick off Modern Languages Week at Hampton! Huge thanks to the entire cohort for working so hard and with such enthusiasm during the training sessions, and congratulations to those who won an award and/or improved their result from last year. You have inspired all budding linguists to give UKLO 2021 a go!

This is the eighth year that Hampton has encouraged pupils to take part in the competition, with the number of award winners increasing year on year. Well done to all of the Hampton pupils who participated.

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