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Biology Olympiad
Nam Oon reaches the final at the British Biology Olympiad

A fantastic result for Year Two student Nam Oon at the British Biology Olympiad.

Every year around 9000 UK students take part in the British Biology Olympiad (BBO) and only 16 are chosen to progress to the next round, where 4 are eventually chosen to represent the UK in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). For two years running now NatMatSci has helped a student reach the final 16.

When you consider our class size (9) this is a remarkable achievement – over the last two years NatMatSci biologists were 60 times more likely to get a biologist into the final 16 and 4 times more likely that a biologist would achieve a gold medal from the first round of the BBO.

In 2021, Young-Jun went one stage further and made it into the UK IBO team where he achieved a Silver medal in the international competition. Young-Jun is now studying Biology at Christ Church, Oxford. Nam-Oon has already been offered a place at Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences.

Biology at NatMatSci is taught using the Salters Nuffield A level specification and routinely achieves high grades for its students, many of whom go on to study biology-related subjects at University. In 2021, 90% achieved the highest grade A* and 10% achieved an A.

Dr Steve Appleyard, Head of Biology

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