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25th July 2022

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is an excellent experience that we encourage our students to take part in every year, especially for the students who would like to take their chemistry studies further. This elite challenge is run by the University of Cambridge for Year 12 students as it is designed to take them significantly beyond their A-level syllabus and encourages them to think about science in the way that they would at university.

This year the challenge received over 8,400 applicants from students around the country, who all had to complete a 90-minute written paper supervised by teachers on campus. The papers were marked out of 75 and those that scored over the 50% mark were sent to Cambridge University for review. The marks given resulted in the following awards:

Mark boundaries:  Awards:

54+                    Roentgenium (Rg)
35 - 53                Gold (Au)
25 - 34                Silver (Ag)
17 – 24               Copper (Cu)
16 – 0                 Participation certificate
(Did you notice the awards are all chemistry elements!)

A massive shout out to all eleven St Brendan’s Chemistry students who took part in this year’s challenge, we are very proud of you all.

We are delighted to announce that the following six students have achieved top awards:

Alfred - Gold (Au)
Emily – Silver (Ag)
Elizabeth – Silver (Ag)
Finnian – Silver (Ag)
Matthew - Copper (Cu)
Adam -  Copper (Cu)

Only 10.2% of all applicants received the Gold award, with 21.8% awarded Silver award and 33.4% awarded the Copper award!

Alfred won the Gold Award!

Alfred won the Gold Award!