Barton Peveril Students’ Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Success

students holding their certificates

27 Barton Peveril students took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge this year. 11 students achieved a Copper Certificate (top 34.44% nationwide), 8 students achieved Silver (top 20.45% nationwide), 4 achieved a Gold Certificate (top 10.16% nationwide) and 1 student achieved the highest award, Roentgenium (top 0.6% nationwide).

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge aims to stretch and challenge students’ interest in chemistry, and provide an excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. The Competition is designed to be accessible to Year 12 students, but will take them significantly beyond the syllabus, and encourage them to think about science in the way they would at university.

The Challenge involves students completing a 90 minute paper. Students who did well are awarded certificates, and those who performed best have been invited to a residential camp at the University of Cambridge at the end of August.

Dougie Howells, who is a First Year student at Barton Peveril is one of the few invited to the University of Cambridge this summer, due to achieving the Roentgenium certificate, which puts Dougie at the top 0.6% of the country in his age group.

You can find the 2023 grade boundaries below:

AwardGrade BoundaryCountPercentage
Roentgenium59 – 70610.600%
Gold38 – 58103310.16%
Silver28 – 37207920.45%
Copper18 – 27349134.33%
None0 – 17350234.44%

Dougie commented on his recent achievement:

I’m thrilled to have achieved this award. I still can’t believe it – the result was undoubtedly worth the nervous wait. I’m really looking forward to the summer school and I can’t wait to sit the Olympiad paper next year. I’m very grateful Barton provided this opportunity.”

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