The Science Department are again celebrating a tremendous achievement by one of their students. Olivor Sant from Year 13 took part in the British Biological Olympiad and achieved a Bronze certificate.
The Olympiad, which is organised by the Society of Biology, is aimed at the brightest biologists in the country and is design to test their biological knowledge and to apply this to unfamiliar situations.
It is a really challenging competition and results in the best students being selected for a UK team to compete internationally.
This fantastic achievement by Olivor follows the success of James Pope in the Chemistry Olympiad.
The biology department would like to congratulate Olivor on his achievements and thank him for his hard work in Science throughout his time at Sandbach School.
The end of the spring term was marked by another ‘whole school progress assembly’ where a number of students in Years 7 to 10 were recognised for their outstanding work.
Academic progress in specific curriculum areas was recognised (Curriculum Leader Awards) as was outstanding commitment to learning across the curriculum (LIM awards). Additionally students in each year group with a consistent record of an outstanding attitude to learning were entered in to the ‘wheel of fortune’ draw for a reward.
As Easter was approaching, the rewards reflected a prize close to every man’s heart: chocolate. It is safe to say some of the Easter eggs may not have made it to Easter Sunday morning. Well done to all the winners and we look forward to recognising ‘great progress’ again at the end of the summer term.
Mr Dodds & Dr Cosgrove
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.