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8th March 2019

Two St Brendan’s Biology students recently struck gold in the Royal Society for Biology Olympiad 2019.

Students Zac and Ellie

Students Zac and Ellie

This year 9465 students from 727 schools took part in the world-renowned competition, which comprises of two 45 minute multiple choice online tests, covering the entire A-level syllabus. A group of six determined St Brendan’s teens took on the challenge this year and made the College proud!

Huge congratulations go to second year students Zac Woodford and Ellie Nelson; both of whom were thrilled to discover they have achieved well above the Gold grade boundary and are among the top 7% of student Biologists who took part. Zac and Ellie are invited to the IET London in Savoy Place to an awards ceremony later this year!

In addition, second year students Lily Griffin, Kelsey Lloyd and Alicia Powell achieved commended results, along with first year student Megan Grimshaw. Only 19% of those who took part in the tests were awarded commended status.

Now the challenge is complete, students are now focusing on their A-level Biology exams which are looming. Both gold winners have high ambitions for September; Zac hopes to go on to study Computer Science at Bristol University whilst Ellie wants to study Zoology in Nottingham.