Hamptonians have excelled at the prestigious UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO), a competition where pupils have to solve challenging linguistic data problems.

A group of 23 pupils from Third Year to Upper Sixth took part in the advanced round of the annual UKLO, with over 1,000 pupils from across the country also sitting the fiendishly difficult exam. The competition tests participants’ ability to decode information about various unusual languages and the 2021 paper featured some particularly challenging questions. Twelve Hamptonians secured awards in this year’s UKLO:

Gold (top 5%): Pallav Bagchi

Silver (top 15%): Matthew Cresswell and Daniel Morgan

Bronze (top 35%): Oscar Mitchell, Luke Trotman, Zebedee Aylin, Samuel Berthon, Sam Colvine, Nayaaz Hashim, Alexander Mehta, Archie Quantrill and Rohan Raj

Particular congratulations go to Lower Sixth Former Pallav Bagchi who received a Gold Award for the second consecutive year and will now go forward to round two of the Olympiad later this year.

Classics teacher, Miss Amy Winstock, who organises the initiative at Hampton, praised the boys for their performance in the competition under particularly challenging circumstances:

The UK Linguistics Olympiad may be known for its difficulty, but this year was a whole other beast: not only were the questions particularly tough and unfamiliar, but also the circumstances in which the paper had to be sat. As such, I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s Hampton cohort, who took these challenges in their stride and performed admirably. Congratulations to the award-winners, first-timers and everyone else who participated!

This is the ninth year that Hampton has encouraged pupils to take part in the UKLO competition. Well done to all of the Hamptonians who took part!

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