Prior's Field September 2018

Bedford School Boy wins Gold Award at UK Linguistics Olympiad

Published Tuesday 12th of March 2019 09:45:16 AM

A group of boys from Bedford School sat this year’s UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO) advanced paper. The questions were fiendishly hard, ranging from exercises on vowel shifts in Mongolian to mathematical problems in Gumatj. Sixth Former Oscar Hudson won gold for the second year running, cementing his position as one of the school’s most gifted linguists. Sixth Former Oscar Hill was successful too, receiving a silver award and demonstrating a particularly impressive understanding of Gumatj’s quinary numeral system. Year 10 boys Nikolai Sorokin and Alfie Willcocks, both of whom also earned silver awards for their efforts, and Sixth Formers Joseph Fordham and Calum Bourne both received bronze awards. Mr Michael Dawson, Teacher of German, commented, “I am extremely proud of all of the boys in this year’s cohort. The UKLO is well-known for the difficulty of its questions and its stringent grade boundaries – to win gold, students must fall within the top 5% of all entries, the next 10% silver and the next 20% bronze. This year’s advanced paper saw 1,497 pupils compete against one another from across the world. Our boys should feel very pleased with their efforts. I look forward to next year and hope for even more accolades!”
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