On 17 June, the University of Leeds held its annual School Physicist of the Year (SPOTY) awards, thanks to support from The Ogden Trust, a charitable trust that exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics.

The SPOTY awards are organised in association with secondary schools in the Leeds region to recognise outstanding efforts and achievements in physics.

Horsforth School had its own winner in Felix, who was nominated by the Physics department, not only for his high level of ability in physics but for his passion and excitement Felix brings to his Physics lessons, that have made him a really positive member of the class. Furthermore, his desire to succeed, enthusiasm to answer questions and willingness to go the extra mile have really impressed this year.

On the day, Felix, his dad and Mr Bellew attended a ceremony at the University of Leeds to celebrate the achievements and highlight the exciting opportunities for studying physics at A Level and beyond. Dr Philippa Shepley, the Experimental Officer from the Sir Henry Royce Institute at the University of Leeds, gave a popular physics talk on the science of vacuums and their role in some of the most important scientific discoveries over the last century and how the University of Leeds is using them for exciting developments in computing technologies.

Well done Felix, a fantastic achievement to be recognised so highly.