This year’s Royal Society of Biology’s Challenge competition had more than 48,000 entrants, and for the first time it included Second Form pupils alongside the usual Third and Fourth Form competitors.
Strong performances are from those pupils whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes and taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest. Given the greater number of participants nationally, the department was pleased that this year more Oundle pupils were awarded Gold certificates than in previous years. The results are a strong indication of how many of our pupils are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna beyond the demands of the examination specification.
In the Sixth Form, two pupils received Gold Medals in the Royal Society of Biology’s British Biology Olympiad, where pupils with an interest in Biology are challenged and motivated to expand and extend their talents beyond the demands of the A-level examination specification.