Bexhill College biology students recently achieved some of the highest awards in a UK wide competition to find the best Biology students in Britain.
The Biology Olympiad challenges the most talented young biologists in the UK and Bexhill College students were awarded medals and certificates for being among the brightest students in the country.
A record 5,057 students took part in the 2014 British Biology Olympiad and an incredible 12 students from Bexhill College were commended, with six students attaining gold, silver and bronze medals.
Bexhill College Principal Karen Hucker said: “The entire College is extremely proud of our Biology students’ achievements. Bexhill College has the longest history of academic success of all further education institutions in the area and we are thrilled that we continue to produce such exceptional students.”
The highest achievers in the British Olympiad represent the UK in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) and two of Bexhill College’s gold medal winning students, former Rye College student Nathan Knight and ex-Robertsbridge College student Ross Jackson, have been put forward as potential entrants in the prestigious international competition.
Nathan, who plans to study Chemistry at University, commented: “The Olympiad was pretty tough and bit more of a challenge than normal. My tutor Wendy Jasper pushes us to do our best and has entered me for other competitions like the National Science and Engineering Competition.”
Ross, who also excelled in getting a gold medal in the Maths Challenge competition earlier in the year, added: “I was shocked but it felt really good to know I’d done so well in the Olympiad.”
Ross and Nathan now face a further written paper and practical assessments at Warwick University before the decision of who will represent the UK at the IBO in Indonesia from 6 to 13 July 2014.
Wendy Jasper, Head of Biology at Bexhill College commented: “The Science and Maths Department is delighted that this is the third year in a row that our students have been awarded prizes in the medal categories. This competition challenges our students beyond the scope of the A Level specification so we are especially proud of their success. We all wish Nathan and Ross the best of luck for the next stages of the selection process.”
Biology is one of over 40 A Level subjects offered at Bexhill College and applications are still being accepted for courses starting in September 2014. More information on the full range of courses offered by Bexhill College is available by visiting www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk or calling 01424 214545.