Fast-track students were presented with certificates from the Society of Biology after success in an online competition to test their knowledge of the subject. The students, from Years 9 and 10, were among more than 30,000 school children from across the UK who took part in the Biology Challenge competition which consisted of two 30-minute papers.
Principal Miss Stringer presented the students with certificates during a recent assembly. Callum Coleman, Jake Fowler, Ida Koczor, Leanne Tough and Harriet Woodward received bronze certificates, silver went to Max Freeman, Victor Ho, George Robinson and Callum Ward while Kiran Joshi and Charlotte Jackson achieved gold level.
Afterwards biology teacher Mrs Annable said: ‘The Society of Biology tested our students beyond the school curriculum to make sure that we are stimulating curiosity in biology. Two of our year groups sat two exams and were very successful because they managed to get Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. It is a junior version of the Biology Olympiad competition which students sit in Year 13.
‘It is an excellent achievement because it is a national award. It shows which students find biology very inspirational and it was a challenge as well. We took the fast track Year 9s and 10s and the exam was an hour which was marked externally by the Society of Biology. It is rewarding those who read around the subject matter in books and magazines and watch natural history programmes rather than those who are just good at following the curriculum.’