Hamptonians have excelled at the prestigious UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) 2023, a competition where pupils solve challenging linguistic data problems.

A group of 22 pupils from Fourth Year to Upper Sixth took part in the advanced round of the annual UKLO, many of whom were competing for the first time. Over 1,000 pupils from across the country sat the fiendishly difficult exam. The competition tests participants’ ability to decode information about various unusual languages and this year’s paper featured some particularly challenging questions including Albanian, Lardil and Meroitic.

Eleven Hamptonians secured awards in this year’s UKLO:

Gold: Henry Ayres

Silver: Ishaan Das and Piers Marchant

Bronze: Kenny Anyanwu, William Colvine, Sam Ho, Aleks Lorenc, Harry McClusky, Nathan Navarro, Zac Nolan and Tom Williams

Particular congratulations go to Lower Sixth Former Henry Ayres 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 pupils for their performance in the competition:

What a pleasure it has been to organise the UKLO for these bright linguists, who threw themselves into training sessions and tackled an exceptionally challenging paper with enthusiasm and resilience. To see so many new faces amongst our seasoned veterans was also very heartening. Whether you secured an award this time or not, huge congratulations to all involved!

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