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St Benedict’s Sixth Form Student has article ‘Exoplanets’ published

Sixth Form Student Joseph Brennan celebrating his achievement

[A] very talented Sixth Form Student from St Benedict’s in Whitehaven has recently had an article published by The Oxford Scientist Magazine.

Joseph Brennan, who is currently in Year 12 at the school, has his article entitled ‘Exoplanets’ selected as one of five runners up for The Oxford Scientist Magazine’s recent writing competition.

The Oxford Scientist is the University of Oxford’s student-run science magazine. This was their first science writing competition for schools, which ran from February to May 2018, and was open to all UK students in Years 10-12. The students were asked to write about a scientific discovery of their choice.

They received over 120 entries written to an extremely high standard, and covering a huge range of scientific topics. The articles were judged by a panel of expert judges from the University of Oxford.

Jacqueline Gill, Schools Officer at The Oxford Scientist said: “Joseph’s article in particular stood out to us for its interesting topic and excellent writing style.”

Mr Smith, Headteacher at St Benedict’s comments: “I enjoyed reading Joseph’s article myself and I am delighted at his success. This is further evidence of two things. One – the quality of teaching on offer. And two – the academic ability of our students.”

Joseph’s article has been published on The Oxford Scientist website, and can be viewed at

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