Back in June, our Lower Sixth Chemists took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, a national competition organised by St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. The students wrestled with some exceptionally difficult questions on thiocyanic acid, a molecule which has been discovered in gas clouds in space. 

Impressively, over 80% of participants achieved an award.  Eight students received Silver Awards and eleven received Copper Awards, with Ben Chamberlain achieving the highest mark in the year.  Our Chemists will now turn their attention to the first round of the UK Chemistry Olympiad, which will take place in February 2022.  

About the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge:  The competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry and provides 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 Lower Sixth students to take them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourage them to think about science in the way they would at university.  It is endorsed and sponsored by St Catherine’s College at the University of Cambridge.