Simon Wolff Rugby School Science Prize winners


The Rugby School Simon Wolff science prize has been awarded this year (2016) to Hugh Campbell. Hugh is an exceptional scientist who has started his own chemistry society called the Blue Bunsen Society. This is taking pupils to new heights (often 2nd year undergraduate level) with their Chemistry.

Hugh achieved a much-coveted gold award in the International Chemistry Olympiad. The award to Deputy Head of School, Hugh, positions him in the top two per cent of the world’s student chemists:

When Hugh was in Year 11 he was interested in the Fluorine martyrs and co-wrote an article with the Rugby School Head of Science for Bristol University’s Chemistry website:


Tristan Treacy is the fifth winner of the Simon Wolff Prize. He has shown total zeal and commitment in his study of biology. He has delivered special talks, written extra-curricular essays and contributed to Science Mosaic (see 2000: Jasper Green, above) in discussions over the last two years. It was largely through his interests that Rugby School organised a Creation/Evolution discussion evening in the Advent Term of 2002. Tristan Treacy was awarded a £75 book prize.


Alexander Stewart was awarded the Simon Wolff Rugby School Prize on 6/7 2001. He contributed enormously to the ethos of the Science Department. He pioneered the use of his laptop on both Physics and Chemistry lessons, producing notes and diagrams throughout. These were then recycled as revision material for all the Physics Department. He worked passionately in both Chemistry and Physics, is a very good designer and has produced an excellent design project for his A-level. He also gave a talk about one of his science projects to Bilton Grange Prep School students and also to the whole of the LXX at Rugby school. He gave a very coherent and intelligent talk about the use of ICT in Science lessons and in the school in general, to all of the Science teachers and the Headmaster. Alexander was awarded £75 to spend on books of his choice. 2000


Jasper Green left Rugby School in July 2000, attaining three straight A grades in his subjects, two of which were biology and chemistry. He taught himself a special module on Biochemistry and was the first person for over a decade to do Special Paper Biology and obtain a Distinction. He also helped to found Mosaic Society: this society is a group of motivated students which meets once a term to present papers on their scientific research. It is not aimed at just the very brightest – just the interested. Jasper Green was a very highly motivated and caring student and one of the most diligent the science staff at Rugby had ever met. Jasper was awarded £75 to spend on books of his choice. In his gap year before starting at Oxford University, he taught in Africa.


John Robson studied physics, chemistry, biology and maths at Rugby, gaining four A grades. He was awarded a certificate of excellence from the Nuffield examinations board for his A-level performance and a distinction at S-level. He also managed to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Certificate in between times. John went on to study physics at Imperial College and used his prize of £50 to spend on textbooks for the course. John said that he hoped to continue with the pleasures of experimental physics on into his career after leaving Imperial, especially in relation to rockets and other modes of getting people into (and back from) space.


John Tam was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Wolff Rugby School Science Prize. He initiated, designed and edited an outstanding school science magazine, showing both scientific acumen and excellent communication skills. John was awarded £50 to spend on books of his choice. After leaving Rugby School, John went on to study medicine in Hong Kong.