Top student strikes gold

Student Hayden Haghkar.
Student Hayden Haghkar.

A student from south east Northumberland has become one of just six from across the UK to strike gold in the British Physics Olympiad.

Hayden Haghkar, from Ashington High School, won the gold award after sitting an A-level standard examination paper set by Oxford University.

The competitions are organised and judged by a committee comprising senior academics from Oxford and Cambridge universities and the Institute of Physics.

Hayden said: “I was so excited when I found out I had won a gold award. I felt so proud as I never thought I would get that.

“If it wasn’t for my physics teacher, Miss Wright, I wouldn’t have excelled as much as I have.”