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British Biology Olympiad Results

Our Sixth Form Biologists recently competed in the first round of the British Biology Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Biology. This is a competition aimed at Upper Sixth pupils destined for undergraduate level study; the paper is a mix of A Level work and undergraduate application. We had a total of 8 Upper Sixth and 6 Lower Sixth compete.


Upper Sixth

Sarah C-S achieved Silver, placing her in the top 8.2% of those competing nationally.

Sine R, Josh M and Dax T, all achieved Bronze, placing them in the top 14.9% nationally.

Highly commended (top 16.8% nationally) were Flora M and Kirsten D.
Commended (top 18.5% nationally) were Maria W and Nicola Mc.

Lower Sixth

Catriona M and Ross P both Commended which for Lower Sixth pupils taking the paper a year early and before much of the content has been delivered to them in class, is excellent.

Victoria C, Ellie N, Debasien M-S and Nika B also competed and came very close to placing. With the opportunity to improve in the summer.

Karyn Wilson, Biology Teacher said:

“Very pleased to see 10 of our 14 competitors come within the top 18.5% of students in the country, particularly our two Lower Sixth students Catriona and Ross. This was a competition designed for Upper Sixth and includes undergraduate level information and questions as extension; the questions conform to the IBO (International Biology Olympiad) syllabus which is very broad. Each participant did well to be selected to sit the first round and our 10 competitors that placed did exceptionally well. We are now looking forward to the Third and Fourth Forms sitting their equivalent – The Biology Challenge – in March and the Lower Sixth will sit the Intermediate Biology Olympiad in the summer session where I expect they will have great success! Well done to all. “