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Well done to the Biology and Chemistry students at Cirencester College who have once again achieved fantastic scores in the prestigious Biology and Chemistry Olympiad competitions.

The Olympiad is an annual problem-solving competition designed to challenge and stimulate students with an interest in Biology and Chemistry to expand and extend their talents. They are introduced to topics and ideas they are not familiar with, and assigned a series of tasks to complete.

Dave Bell, Course Team Leader for Biology, said “The Biology Olympiad has gone from strength to strength over the years at College, and this was the most successful year for the competition so far! Not only did we have a fantastic 47 students take part, but two students achieved a Gold award, seven achieved a Silver award, and nine achieved a Bronze award.

The Olympiad is a very challenging national competition that requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding from A-level Biology and also complete some very hard problem solving! We are incredibly proud of all our students who took part and hope that many of the first- year students will have another go next year.

A special mention must go to our two Gold students Izzy and Kerry-Anne. Izzy and Kerry Anne made it through to the next round of the competition where they competed for the chance to be selected for the UK team at the International Olympiad being held in Kazakhstan in July. Unfortunately Izzy and Kerry-Anne weren’t selected in the end for the team, but to even get this far is an incredible achievement.”

Keira Clarke, Course Team Leader for Chemistry, said “25 of our A-level Chemists competed in the Chemistry Olympiad this year, challenging themselves to solve university-style problems based on their A-level studies. These questions require students to integrate their knowledge across the whole A-level and think beyond it, so we’re thrilled to have seen so many take part. Well done to all involved! This was a great year for medals too, with two students achieving Gold, five Silvers, and 12 Bronze awards.”

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