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Annual Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge inspires our students

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Twelve Long Road A level Chemistry students entered this year’s University of Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and bagged ten silver and two copper awards.

The Chemistry Challenge is an international competition sponsored and run by the Chemistry department at the University of Cambridge. The competition “aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry, and will provide an excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. 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.” (From the Chemistry Challenge website.)

Susan John, the Long Road Chemistry teacher who co-ordinates the Challenge at the college, says: “It has been another successful year! Well done to all students who participated in the challenge: their efforts are to be highly commended especially after working so hard at the first year of their A level. The exam panel were impressed by the level of knowledge especially on organic chemistry: esters and the skeletal structures of complex molecules. Congratulations to our students:

Sam Baker – Copper

Sydney Devine -Silver

George Evans – Copper

Ross Huggins – Silver

Celia Jones – Copper

Helen Killick – Copper

Matt Naicker – Copper

Alex Needham – Copper

Ben Penny-Inskip – Copper

Isaac Shergold – Copper

Bethany Strellis – Copper

Connor Thiart – Copper

Photo at top shows Matthew Naicker, George Evans, Sydney Devine and Isaac Shergold with their certificates.