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Brentwood School students win top awards at prestigious international biology contest

PUBLISHED: 11:55 29 April 2019

Head of biology Rachael Bentley and headmaster Ian Davies with Olympiad students. Picture: Brentwood School

Head of biology Rachael Bentley and headmaster Ian Davies with Olympiad students. Picture: Brentwood School

Brentwood School

Biology students at a Brentwood school proved their scientific credentials with top honours at an international competition.

The hard work of 18-year-olds James Rowell and Alexander Rowley from Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, paid off at the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), who not only excelled to secure the Olympiad's top gold award, but also ensured their place among the top 7.2per cent of competing students.

Fellow sixth formers Thomas Haward and Tara Jones proved to be among the top 8.2pc of young biologists to achieve silver awards and Jaidaksh Anilkumar attained a Bronze.

All five had to complete two 45-minute multiple-choice papers taken online under staff supervised exam conditions.

The BBO, which is open to students in post-16 education studying at school or college, challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents.

Acting head of biology Rachael Bentley said: “These are challenging tests and it is unusual for two students from the same school to achieve gold.

“The Olympiad tests the students' all-round Biology knowledge which is why universities really value their participation.”

Headmaster Ian Davies also congratulated the five biologists on their achievements and presented each with a certificate and medal.

It was also a double success for Alexander who recently obtained a gold award in the 51st annual Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Olympiad 2019.

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