The Chemistry Olympiad, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, invites the most talented Sixth Form students to compete, applying their chemical knowledge to some modern day chemical problems. It is a real challenge for those involved and leads to the selection of an UK team for the International Chemistry Olympiad from the many thousand students taking part. Further details (and past papers for interested KS4 and KS5 students) are here: http://www.rsc.org/Education/events-and-competitions/Olympiad/
Following on from Tom Entwistle in 2014, James Pope from our current Year 13 Chemistry cohort has this year been awarded a Silver Certificate. This represents a massive achievement, with James’ mark placing him in the top 25% of students entering nationally and within touching distance of the Gold Standard required to be invited for the UK team selection (top 7%).
James is pictured with Mr Stancombe and Dr Weglicki who have taught him A Level Chemistry this year. Mr Stancombe notes, “James’ dedication to Science is notable and he approaches the subject with enthusiasm and dedication that should be an inspiration to others. He has a particular strength in Organic Chemistry, already operating at levels beyond A level standard.”
We would like to pass on our congratulations to James for such an achievement.
Seddon’s are the firm tasked with developing the £22 million site and the visit was part of the ‘Open Doors Weekend’ – an exciting opportunity for pupils to gain an insight into the different roles of workers on the site, from the Site Manager to Bricklayers, Architects and Fork Lift Truck Drivers.
Students were given a tour of the site and from a vantage point were able to observe the construction site in action and ask questions about the various roles being carried out in front of them. As the site is in the relatively early stages of development there were many tasks to observe as well as a question and answer session with the Site Manager who was able to give an insight into the planning and health and safety aspects of the course.
Curriculum Leader for Design and Technology, Mr Bowyer commented “The pupils were a credit to the school in the way they conducted themselves with the questions and interest they generated during their trip. I’d like to give a special mention to Seddon’s who were fantastic throughout the visit, providing prizes for the winners of the development task where students were asked to work in groups to demonstrate how they would develop a site and work out costings. The whole trip was extremely worthwhile and is the first opportunity for this cohort to experience Construction in the real world and many are now considering a career in this field.
These students demonstrated excellent effort and commitment to their revision and studies and we would like to congratulate them on their achievements to date.
Now the important process of preparing for final GCSE examinations this Summer is well underway, both departments are offering revision and intervention sessions.
Please see departmental notices for further details.