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Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Back in June, the School’s Lower Sixth chemistry pupils excelled in the University of Cambridge’s Chemistry Challenge.

Consisting of a written exam, the competition aims to stretch and challenge those interested in chemistry, and provides a great experience for anyone considering further studies in the subject. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it is designed to be accessible to Lower Sixth students but will take them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourage them to think about science in the way they would at university.

The examiners regularly comment on the resilience of the pupils who sit the examination and the importance of ‘keeping going’ with challenging questions in the face of difficulty. As ever, the paper was designed to challenge the very brightest and 7,200 marks were submitted from around 500 schools.

Three St John’s pupils (Louise Barr (South), Cameron Doyle (Surrey) and Ben Smith (North)) gained a Gold award, which placed them in the top 8.16% of all entries, George Fish (North) and Tom Marsh (Churchill) gained a silver award, placing them in the top 21.86% of all entries, and Daisy Weston (Haslewood) gained a Copper award, which placed her in the top 58.26% of all entries.

Published on 21/09/2016

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