A group of dedicated students from Year 12 recently formed the Curious Chemists’ Club, with the aim of sharing their enthusiasm for the subject and extending their chemical knowledge. The team have now been extremely successful in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. This competition is designed to stretch the best Chemistry students in the country and is so difficult that certificates are only awarded to the top two thirds of entrants. Despite the odds, all of our students were successful. Copper awards were achieved by Owen, Hannah and Jake. The top quarter of candidates nationally received a silver certificate and this included Lottie, Sophie, James and Heather. Special congratulations go to Hannah and Riley who were rewarded with gold certificates for being in the top 8% of students in the UK.
The questions were particularly tricky this year, requiring our students to understand the structure of some really complex molecules. These included the deadly poison digitalis (from foxgloves) and a human-like molecule called “Dame Bond 008”. Many congratulations to all our students for their fantastic performance.