Oundle pupil through to selection for British Biology Olympiad Team
18th February 2014


Twelve Oundle pupils received medals and certificates in the recent British Biology Olympiad with Chris Gilmartin (17) receiving a Gold medal and an invitation to take part in the selection round for the British Biology Olympiad Team. Chris finished in the top 3.2% of 5057 entrants in this year’s competition.


In addition to Chris’s Gold medal, Daniel Bateson (18) and Viren Pandya (17) achieved Silver medals with Zuleikha Mistry (18) and Kirsty Ross-Stewart (17) receiving Bronze Medals. Three Oundle pupils were awarded Highly Commended Certificates and a further four were commended on their results.


Biology teacher, Sudip Burman-Roy commented, “The British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage pupils at Oundle already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond A-level.”

In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their studies, the BBO provides a means of selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad. The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with 60 countries taking part.


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Liz Dillarstone

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Oundle School

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Background Information on Oundle School


Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

The School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.

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