Redland Green School

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Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Chris from Redland Green School (Post 16) receives award for top result in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2012!

Chris from the Redland Green Post 16 Learning Community has received an award to acknowledge his outstanding performance, achieving one of the highest marks in a new competition called the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, which was taken by 4300 students in 300 schools across the country this year.

Chris was amongst 39 students who achieved the highest marks in the Challenge. All award winners were rewarded with a crystal trophy depicting the electron density of an excited hydrogen atom at a ceremony at the Royal Institution in Piccadilly, London.

Supported by the University of Cambridge Chemistry Department, Cambridge International Examinations and OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations), the competition, which was taken by 30% more students than in its first year in 2011, aims to stretch and challenge budding chemists. The 90 minute written paper designed by experienced teachers and lecturers, takes Year 12 students in the UK significantly beyond the Chemistry syllabus, and encourages them to think about science in the way they would at university.

Dr Peter Wothers said: “It is encouraging to see this competition strike a chord with so many students. The competition allows students to apply knowledge of other subjects, think creatively and take their knowledge to the next level – these are exactly the kind of skills which are needed for university. It is therefore useful for students wanting to go on to study chemistry at undergraduate level because it gives them that outstanding flair!”

Ann Puntis, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations said: “It’s fantastic to see the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, now in its second year, going from strength to strength. More students across the country are seeing the benefits of a competition, which stretches their knowledge and prepares them for the challenges of university and beyond.”

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge will continue into 2013 due to popular demand from students and teachers. There will be new monthly competitions from November 2012 to June 2013. If you would like to find out more visit