Despite the national lockdown, seventeen Richard Huish Chemistry students recently participated in the National Chemistry Olympiad, with 8 of them gaining awards this year.

Achieving a Silver Award were Harriet Chick, Ava Blandford and Lorna Warren; particularly impressive Lorna narrowly missed out on the prestigious Gold Award at just 2 marks short.

Five more students picked up a Bronze Award, congratulations go to Maggie Rundell, Theo Smy, Ollie Henden, Wren Lovell and Dylan Simpson.

Over 7,000 students from all over the country entered the 2021 UK Chemistry Olympiad which is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. To gain an award is a real triumph, all participants had to tackle a gruelling 2 hour exam from home (invigilated over MS Teams) that covered the most complex of Chemistry problems, designed to stretch and challenge the students beyond usual A Level expectations.

Chemistry Course Manager, Joanna Clare, said, “I am immensely proud in the number of our students who participated in the Olympiad and achieved certificates. It is a challenging test of their Chemistry knowledge and understanding and they have excelled themselves. The paper was designed to test even the best of students therefore our students have done particularly well and have shown that they are amongst the best Chemistry students in the country. The Olympiad is aimed at Year 2 students, so it is particularly impressive to have four of our first year students gain an award and we can’t wait for next year. A remarkable achievement and a testament to how hard the students have been working, a massive well done to all involved.”