Chemistry Olympiad Triumph

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College has tallied a record number of students participating in the UK Chemistry Olympiad (UKChO) and a record number of gold certificates.

The competition, designed to challenge and inspire, is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field. The 2024 paper covered topics such as the composition of the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup trophy, iodate salts, fuel-producing bacteria, the MRI contrast agent gadopiclenol and sulfur-containing molecules in the atmosphere.

This year’s paper, which the students sat in January, was more challenging than last year’s, which is reflected in the grade boundaries, with a decrease in the marks required to obtain each award.

The successful Chemistry students gained the following results:

Gold Certificates

Alex Bateman
Alex Jones
Dougie Howells
Flynn Stevens
Nathan Bridgeman

Silver Certificates

Alissa Patterson
Elizabeth Everett
Elizabeth White
Hannah Reed
Jacob Allderidge
Joudy Sewidan
Laura Bevan
Sadika Khan
Zak Tonge

Bronze Certificates

Omar Sewidan
Robert Dinu

All students who achieved a certificate fully deserved their celebratory lunch! 

Jacob Allderidge, formerly of Thornden School speaks on the experience

Jacob Allderidge, formerly of Thornden School speaks on the experience

Chemistry Olympiad allowed me to push myself beyond the A Level specification by expanding on previous content applied in new and unfamiliar scenarios.

Andy Penson, Chemistry Subject Leader says

This year’s group has an unusually large number of dedicated and talented students, reflected by the record number of Chemistry Olympiad entrants and Gold certificates. We are immensely proud of our Chemistry Olympains!

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