Top award for QE’s junior biologists

Six Year 10 boys have achieved the gold standard in a national Biology competition. A further 10 boys were awarded silver and 23 bronze medals in the Biology Challenge, organised by the Society of Biology. The competition is the junior version of the Biology Olympiad, in which QE has also recorded considerable success.

It is the first time the School has entered the junior competition: 130 boys sat two 30-minute papers covering all aspects of Biology. Christopher Brown, Adam Hilsenrath, Andre Hui, Bhavik Mehta, Roy Aronya and Tialin Zhang were all awarded gold medals.

More than 30,000 students from across the UK took part in the competition, the stated purpose of which is to encourage interest in Biology beyond the curriculum. It also aims to reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, and by watching natural history programmes.

"" “The boys rose to this new challenge,” said Dr Gillian Ridge, the School’s Head of Biology. “I hope it will encourage them to be even more curious about Biology in the world around them.”

In addition to the medal winners, a further 31 QE boys were highly commended and 24 were commended.