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This term our Year 13 Chemists took part in the Chemistry Olympiad, the UK’s leading chemistry competition for secondary school students. Supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry and compiled by a team of teachers and university chemists, the competition provides an opportunity to stretch and challenge A level students by testing their chemical knowledge.

The two hour written exam paper included questions based on real-world chemistry problems, taking students significantly beyond the A level syllabus, and encouraging them to think about science in a way they would at university.

This year three Blue Coat students achieved the Olympiad’s coveted Gold Award, with two students clinching a Silver Award and one student receiving a Bronze Award. This is an outstanding achievement for our chemists, one they should all be extremely proud of.

We are very pleased to report that following on from her fantastic performance in round one of the competition, Year 13 student Deniz Rad was selected to participate in round two of the competition. We caught up with Deniz to ask her about her Chemistry Olympiad experience. 

“Following the first round of the Chemistry Olympiad, I qualified for the second round where the top 30 from over 9000 entries were invited to take part. The purpose of the second round is to select 4 students to make up the UK team for the International Chemistry Olympiad. Unfortunately, the University of Cambridge residential was cancelled in light of current events.

I found the whole experience very beneficial in improving and developing my knowledge and application of chemistry. It really served to push me and challenge me since the consequent rounds required knowledge above A level standards of chemistry such as quantum mechanics, etc.

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys chemistry and problem solving since it expands your knowledge to such great depths.”

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