A year ahead of the competition

Seven Biology students are celebrating success in the British Biology Olympiad, a competition aimed at A2 students, despite five of them currently studying at AS level.

Jasmine Sibley and Emma Buzzard received commended certificates while Emily Griffiths, Carissa Chew and Rory Attwell all picked up highly commended.

A record 5057 students took part in the competition nationally which required taking an online examination. Libby Smith, Curriculum Manager for Biology, ran an intense series of additional lessons for two weeks to allow students to extend their learning beyond the A level specification. She said: “This is fantastic news for the students, particularly our AS students who will be eligible to enter again next year. I’m really pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities that evidently prepare them well for the future.”

Simon Durdan, teacher of Biology, added: “It was a great opportunity to broaden the students’ knowledge of biology because a lot of the content was off syllabus. It allowed them to look at topics they wouldn’t ordinarily have studied.”

Both A2 students who entered the competition received medals; Sarah Cameron collected silver and Lucy Sigley a bronze.

Rory said: “The assessment was very challenging but it was good to get an insight into what to expect in the future.”

All medal winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Royal Society in June where Professor Alice Roberts will be guest speaker.

Pictured left to right: Sarah Cameron, Rory Attwell, Emma Buzzard, Simon Durdan and Jasmine Sibley