Pupils Wan-Hew Tran and Ben Bicknell won Gold in this year’s Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge.
The Gold Award places Wan-Hew and Ben in the top 8.5% of the 7061 students who entered the competition!
In addition, Hamzah Hanif was awarded the Silver Award and Joshua Bicknell, Usaamah Ramzan and Ahsan Rushd were awarded Copper Awards.
Students across the UK and some international centres in China, Thailand and Singapore entered the competition.
The competition takes the form of a 90-minute written paper set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists. It is designed to be accessible to S6 students but takes them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourages them to think about science in the way they would at university.
Their teacher Dr Smith said, ‘This was a really excellent paper and an extremely interesting and challenging exercise for our top students. It was also relevant and demonstrated how Chemistry can help provide treatment to many diseases. One of the questions was based on an organic synthesis problem involving Memantine. This is one of the only drugs available to help lessen the symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.