Oundle pupils strike Gold in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
1st October 2014

Pupils from Oundle School recently took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, an annual competition launched by the University in 2011 to coincide with the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

Six Oundle pupils, Matthew Clayton (17), Matthew Coster (17), James Miller (17), Calvin Koo (18), Harry Hutchinson (17) and Michael Hutchinson (17) were all awarded a Gold Award which placed them in the top 8% of the highly able cohort who sat this paper. In addition 4 pupils achieved Silver Awards and 4 pupils achieved Copper Awards.

From January to June 2014 there was a monthly online challenge, open to anyone, any age, from anywhere in the world. In June there was also a written exam for students in Year 12 or below attending schools in the UK. It took the form of a 90 minute written paper which pupils took at school.  Entrants who did well in the competition were sent certificates of achievement, and those who performed best won an invitation to a residential camp at the University of Cambridge at the end of August. 

Head of Chemistry at Oundle School, Jonathan Peverley commented, This competition aims to stretch and challenge pupils interested in chemistry and provide excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it 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. Once again it is a delight to see so many talented Oundelian Chemists achieve such high attainment. The resilience of these pupils to persevere with very challenging questions under tight timescales is something that is often talked about as being desirable by Universities and I hope that this is an experience that these pupils will be able to utilise during their application process.” 

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