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A team of four Oundle School pupils and budding economists has won the national fi nals of the Bank of England Target 2.0 Challenge. Oli Wood (17, captain), Malayandi Palaniappan (19), Juliette Aliker (18) and Freddie Martin (18) began their journey to victory by winning the regional heats back in December and the area fi nals in February. Out of a fi eld of 287 schools,

six teams took part in the national fi nals. The challenge, co-sponsored by The Times, was for the teams to assume the role of the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and propose a combination of bank rate, quantitative easing and forward guidance that would sustain growth while hitting the offi cial infl ation target of two per cent. Pupils were tested through a 20-minute presentation and 20-minute Q&A session.

Oundle’s head of economics Mo

Tanweer says: “I am extremely proud of the Oundelians who worked incredibly hard from September all the way up until the fi nal day, constantly making improvements, edits and refi nements in their research and analysis. It was a delight to work with a group of pupils

who showed so much passion, desire and sheer enthusiasm. Their fi nal performance was fl awless and the way they handled the MPC’s questions and grilling was nothing short of brilliant. “It felt amazing to win,” adds Oli Wood.

“It has given all of the team a much greater understanding of the current state of the UK economy and will defi nitely help us in our A-level studies.” As part of the

experience, the pupils enjoyed a couple of days at the bank, which included guided tours, seeing the gold vaults and holding a gold bar and talking to senior MPC members. The prize for the winning

team is a four-week summer internship at the bank and a £10,000 donation to the school.


Plymouth College modern pentathlon scholars have returned from the British Schools’ Biathlon Championships with the u15 girls’ title. The competition took place at the Queen

Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and included swimming at the Olympic 2012 swimming pool. The girls – pictured left to right: Ella Ellis (15), Catherine Bishop (14) and Coral Hays (15) – won in the swim/ run event, an impressive achievement since, as pentathletes, they train in fi ve disciplines whereas the majority of other competitors just swim and run. In the u16 girls’ category Kerenza Bryson fi nished eighth overall while Kerrie Johnson fi nished 31st after beating her personal best time by 11 seconds in the swim. Oliver Smart’s second place overall in the u11 boys included a third place in the run and sixth place in the swim. Modern pentathlon coach Josh Lake said: “It was an inspirational experience and great preparation for the rest of the season.”


Five sixth-form science students from Burgess Hill School for Girls have been awarded the Gold Crest Award – the equivalent to a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, but for science and engineering. The girls have been working with local business Photek Limited on a real-world engineering project through the Engineering Education Scheme, England. Sally Emerson, Rebecca Davess, Michelle Ngai, Valery Leung and Alexandra Wright worked with Photek Limited’s Dr Orla Kelly to develop a handheld device for measuring counts input from a photon-counting camera. The team was presented with this brief in October 2013 and over the past seven months they have been challenged to develop computer software, create a graphical user interface and design and manufacture the casing for this device. “I can’t overstate how impressed I was by the

standard of the projects and confi dence of the students in this scheme,” said Dr Kelly.

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