2015 Prize Giving

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The annual prize-giving is the highlight of the college calendar and this year the outstanding academic achievements of last year’s students were honoured in a short ceremony in which, perhaps this year more than any other, the exceptional were the enemy of the merely excellent. Many of the recipients were also CIFE award winners.

This year’s guest of honour was Matt Frei, Europe Editor of Channel 4 news, former BBC Washington correspondent and current MPW parent.  In a very entertaining speech he described his meeting with George W Bush, his memories of the fall of the Berlin Wall and meeting relatives  from East Germany as well as how a man fired a pistol in his face once in East Timor that fortunately failed to go off. He gave some very sage words of advice to the assembled students, that emphasised how lucky they are both now, and in the future, to be in a place of learning. Specifically he asked them to remember that if you mess up your life it is not your parents fault and that  if you think your teacher is tough wait until you have a boss!

John Cameron

Photos of the event and a full list of prizewinners are available below.

 

Timur Kuzhagaliyev won The MPW Outstanding Achievement Prize. Timur joined MPW from Queen Ethelburga’s College for our two-year A level course in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. He achieved grades A*A*A*A*, including Mathematics a year early, and won a place to read Computer Science at University College, London.

Harry Stebbings won The Principal's Award for overall contribution to college life. Harry joined MPW from Felsted School for our two-year A level course in English, History and Politics. He achieved grades AA*A*, including History a year early, and won a place to read Law at King’s College, London.

Flora Olcott and Jessica Polkey shared The John McSkimming Medical Sciences Prize:

Flora joined MPW having graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Geography. She took A levels from scratch over eighteen months. Flora achieved grades AA and won a place to read Medicine at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Jessica joined MPW from Alleyn’s School for our one-year A level course in Biology and Chemistry. She achieved grades A*A* and won a place to read Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Jing Jing Fong and Freddie Lynch shared The Denise Callaghan Prize for the best performance in A level Arts subjects:

Jing Jing joined MPW from Malaysia for our two-year A level course in English, History of Art and Mathematics. She achieved grades A*A*A and won a place to read History of Art at University College, London. Freddie joined MPW from the Centre Academy London for our two-year A level course in English, Politics and History. He achieved grades A*AA and won a place to read History at University College, London. 

Aizhan Kulenova and Anna Legesse shared The Winifred Durnford Prize for the best overall performance in A level Social Science subjects:
Aizhan joined MPW from Kazakhstan for our two-year A level course in Geography, Mathematics and Psychology. She achieved grades AAA and won a place to read Psychology at University College, London. Anna joined MPW from CATS College, London for our two-year A level course in Economics, Mathematics and Psychology. She achieved grades A*AA and won a place to read Management at the London School of Economics.

Christopher Sharp won The Huw Thomas Humanities Prize for the best overall performance in A level Humanities subjects. Christopher joined MPW from Emanuel School for our one-year GCSE course. He went on to take a two-year A level course in English Literature, History, Religious Studies and Sociology. He achieved grades BAAA and won a place read English and History at the University of Exeter. 

Edward Kerr-Dineen and Nur A'tikah Binte Yahya shared The Martin Dyson Prize for the best performance in A level Science subjects:

Edward joined MPW from Wellington College for a two-year A level course in Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. He achieved grades AA*A*A, including Mathematics a year early, and won a place to read Astrophysics at University College, London. Nur A'tikah joined MPW from Singapore for our one-year A level course. She achieved grades AA*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. She is currently on a gap year and is applying to read Medicine at university. 

Tatiana Freeman won The Sylvia Trott Prize for Languages. Tatiana joined MPW from the Harrodian School for our two-year A level course in French, History and Spanish. She achieved grades AAA and won a place to read French and History at the University of Warwick. 

John Jayne won The MPW Prize for Mathematics. John joined MPW from Dulwich College for our one-year GCSE course, achieving A*A*A*A*A*A*A*A. He went on to take our two-year A level course in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. He achieved grades A*A*A*A, including Mathematics a year early, and won a place to read Mathematics at the University of Chicago. 

Venetia Lee and William Hyslop shared The MPW Prize for the best performance by an A level retake student:
Venetia joined MPW from Fortismere School, where she had achieved grades BCC in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. She retook all three subjects over a year and achieved grades A*AA. Venetia won a place to read General Engineering at the University of Durham. William joined MPW from Radley College, where he had achieved grades BBBB in Economics, History, Mathematics and Politics. He retook all four subjects over two terms and achieved grades AAAA. William won a place to read History and Politics at the University of Exeter. 

Freddy Champion won The CIFE College Prize. Freddie joined MPW from Richmond Park Academy for our 18-month A level course in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He achieved grades ABA and won a place to read Medicine at the University of Liverpool. 

Michael Zotov won The MPW Prize for the best performance by a lower-sixth student. Michael joined MPW from Russia and achieved grade A* in A level Mathematics and AA in AS level Economics and Physics. He has now gone on to A2 study in Economics, Further Mathematics and Physics and is applying to read Mathematics at university. 

Oliver Steele won The Laura Freeman Prize for the best performance at GCSE. Oliver joined MPW from King’s College School, Wimbledon and took eight GCSE subjects over one year, achieving grades A*A*A*AAAAA. Oliver is currently in his lower-sixth year with us studying English Literature, French, German and History. 

Nadine Tangie won the MPW IFP Prize. Nadine joined MPW from Malaysia for our one-year university foundation programme. She achieved a Distinction and won a place to read Economics and Politics at SOAS. Nadine was awarded a commendation by the London School of Economics for gaining the highest mark in the 2015 International Relations examination. 

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