Chigwell School Chemists and Biologists are celebrating their recent success in their respective Royal Society Olympiad competitions. The British Biology Olympiad is a popular online quiz run by the Royal Society of Biology for students in years 12 and 13. The competition aims to challenge and motivate students and allows them to demonstrate their subject knowledge. Over 8,000 pupils took part in the competition this year including a team of 20 from Chigwell. Head of Biology, Mr Paul Eardley, commented that the results were very good with 3 of the team achieving medals and twelve more being commended or highly commended

Meanwhile, the Chemists took on the challenge of the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad. This is the leading chemistry competition in the British Isles. It is an enriching experience which gives a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field. Head of Chemistry, Mr Andy Long, was absolutely delighted that 15 of his A level Chemists took part and 12 achieved medals (4 Silver & 8 Bronze). Eight of these chemists are year 12 students with more girls than boys taking part and all of these achieved a medal. He went on to add that applying and adapting classroom theory to tough and challenging questions is an excellent skill that they are developing and will be very useful in their final A level exams.