This year 42 of our year 13 chemistry students decided to take part in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad.

The Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is an annual competition for students within a further education setting. The aim of the competition is to further develop students and encourage them to apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.

The competition is made up of three stages, starting with a written test and round three ending with only four students being selected from all those to represent the UK in the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad in July.

The students who took part opted to receive and additional hour lesson each week and with their teachers, Jen De Voogd and Ed Babington, worked on solving problems which gradually became more difficult. They were also taught theory which went beyond the normal A level specification.

The results were brilliant with 8 of our students achieving a gold, 21 receiving a silver, 11 receiving a bronze. One of our students was only 3 marks off making round two of which only 30 students are selected to attend.