Every year, science pupils participate in competitions and Olympiads that challenge their skills, knowledge and interests.

This year forty-seven A level pupils took part in the British Biology Olympiad, which consisted of two 45-minute multiple choice papers. They were presented with topics and ideas which they are not familiar with and that tested their problem-solving skills and understanding of core principles.

Eleven pupils achieved Bronze awards, three pupils achieved Silver. Two pupils were among the five percent nationally who were awarded Gold.

In January, nineteen A level Chemistry pupils sat the UK Chemistry Olympiad Round One paper, answering complex questions ranging from rocket fuels to copper complexes with amino acids.

Eight pupils were presented with Bronze awards and seven pupils achieved Silver. A particular mention goes to Aidan (G) and Will (L), who achieved Gold awards, coming in the top nine percent of all entries.

In the Physics department, fifty-two pupils from the Fifth Form attempted the British Intermediate Physics Challenge. Three pupils achieved Silver and five pupils achieved Gold, including a pupil from the Fourth Form, placing them in the top ten percent nationally. Pupils from the Lower Sixth Form sat the British Senior Physics Challenge and achieved glittering results: three pupils received Silver, and six pupils were awarded Gold.