Gold for Grace
Sixth Former goes through to Final of British Biology Olympiad and UK team selection.
Congratulations to Upper Sixth Form student Grace Bowland, whose outstanding performance in this year’s British Biology Olympiad puts her on course to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Vietnam this summer.
The 18-year old’s high score in the first round of the competition (two one-hour multiple choice papers) placed her in the top 2% of students nationally, and secured her a Gold medal. She was subsequently invited to take part in round two of the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), a ninety minute written paper. As one of just 16 highest achieving students in that round, she will now go forward to the British finals at the University of Warwick in April. In addition to a final written examination, the students will be trained in techniques they are unlikely to have encountered in school, and their practical skills will be tested by members of the School of Life Sciences.
Grace hopes to read Law at Oxford University from September.
A further four of our Sixth Form students also gained excellent results in the competition: Nikhila Chittoor Satish and Stephen Marr (both Silver medals), and Kayla Engelbrecht and Nathan Parekh-Hill (both Bronze medals). The annual BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. This year, a record 7,200 students took part in the event, compared to 6,189 in 2015.
Dr Andrew Treharne MBE FLS FRSB, Kimbolton School’s Head of Biology and Chair, UK Biology Competitions said: “The standard of entries was as high as ever. Many congratulations to all those students who have been awarded medals and certificates, which will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Royal Institution in July.”