Cheltenham College’s Fourth Form Biology pupils took part in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge competition in March and the results are in; an incredible 64 pupils gained an award, including thirteen bronze, eight silver, and seven gold medals. Over 33,000 people took part in the competition this year, with the gold medalists scoring in the top 6 percent of the nation, the silver medalists scoring in the next 11 percent and bronze medalists scoring in the next 17 per cent. This is a fantastic achievement for those who gained an award and congratulations to all who took part.
Head of Biology, Miss Charlotte Knowles, commented, “The competition aims to encourage and interest pupils in Biology before they make their crucial choice of subjects to study post-GCSE. It pushes their understanding further and encourages them to read articles outside of the syllabus.” Questions are set on the topics covered in most general biology courses for pupils of this age but the Biology Challenge will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes and taking notice of the news and media for items of biological interest, and students who are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.
Finbar McConnell (4th, Xt), who scored the highest in the year, commented, “I found the whole of the competition quite challenging, and some of the questions were very complex, particularly those to do with topics that we haven’t been able to study at school yet.
“I enjoy studying Biology because I believe that it is relevant to our daily lives. I find it interesting to learn about things that can affect us directly. I also find Biology fascinating because it is a field that is currently changing and very active. Biology also often incorporates elements from other sciences as well, which I find very interesting.”