Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Competition Success

At the end of June, the majority of Lower Sixth Chemistry students participated in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Competition.

The competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry. 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.

The challenge takes the form of a 90-minute written paper which students took at the College. The competition produced some outstanding results for our Lower Sixth Form students.


Roentgenium Award: Jonathan Bostock (within the top 0.8%)

Gold Award: Alex Selway (within the top 8%)

Silver Award: Amy Fidler and Robert Horn (within the top 15%)

Copper Award: Jake Griffin, Jessica Norton Raybould, Emil Parikh and Millie Richardson (within the top 36%)

The Roentgenium Award places Jonathan Bostock in the top 0.8% of the 7056 students who entered the competition. As a result of his outstanding achievement, he will attend a residential Chemistry Camp at the University of Cambridge at the end of the Summer.

There was a total of 7056 entries into this year’s competition. A total of 55 students won Roentgenium awards (mark over 50), 543 students won Gold awards (mark between 33 and 50), 1046 students won Silver awards (mark between 25 and 33) and 2574 students won Copper awards (mark between 15 and 25).