Rewarding Biology Experience

More Able and Talented science students scooped top awards at the annual British Biology Olympiad competition and attended lectures and activities on neuroscience at University of Southampton recently. 

More than 7200 students from around the UK took part in the UK British Olympiad competition and only the top performers receive awards. The first stage of the competition took place at College and involved a two hour multiple choice exam covering material from a range of A level Biology topics. To help students in the run up to the Olympiad, bespoke and inspiring sessions were run by the Biology Department and all biology students were invited to attend. These additional lessons covered biological topics to stretch the students beyond the exam specification.

A number of students achieved exceptional marks, and were awarded Silver and Bronze awards and others received commendations for their achievements. Awards were presented as follows:


Oli Lindsay, previously at Bohunt School

Charlotte Cranmer, previously at Mill Chase Academy 


Emily Briggs, previously at Kings International College

Jordan Byrne, previously at Court Moor School

Gabby Kelly, previously at The Petersfield School

Andrew Morrish, previously at Amery Hill School

Kate Willett, previously at The Petersfield School

Ella Buranakul, previously at Amery Hill School

Highly Commended

Jessica Dewhurst, previously at Robert May’s School

George Roland, previously at Ditcham Park School

Julia Zieleniewicz, previously at Amery Hill School 


Tom Bradford, previously at Bedales School 

Tom Grange, previously at The Petersfield School

Jane Blackbourn, previously at Perins School


AS Biology students also had the opportunity to visit the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton at the beginning of the year to participate in a practical session in one of their science labs. The session included activities relating to neuroscience with the emphasis on the way the nervous system controls behaviour and physiology. Student Jane Blackbourn, previously at Perins School said ‘I really enjoyed the neuroscience trip at the University of Southampton, not only as an insight to university life but also to a Biology based course. The trip was helpful in allowing me to talk to students currently studying there and understand the breadth of study within Biology so I can think about which areas I may want to specialise in in the future. 

I found it particularly interesting how active your brain is even at rest, which we were able to see for ourselves during the practical, and the link between your brain and your eyes which can be used to diagnose some eye disorders.’

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