Dr Norris, Head of Derby Grammar School, was delighted to award our seven pupils who entered the Royal Society of Biology Intermediate Olympiad their certificates this week.

The competition took place last summer term when all candidates took a one-hour multiple choice online test in school under the supervision of Head of Biology, Mr Lowden. The aim is to further test their biological knowledge against their whole year group on a national scale. It can also be used on their UCAS application.

The results were announced in September and following the arrival of the certificates, each student was presented this week. Arvin achieved a Silver certificate, being just one point short of a gold, Rajdeep a Bronze, Max received a Highly Commended and Billy, Luca, Sam and Hazayfah all received Commended certificates.

The group now have the opportunity to move on and complete the next stage, the full Biology Olympiad which takes place in the Spring.

Mr Lowden said: “Entry to the Intermediate Olympiad, and the subsequent full Olympiad competition is entirely voluntary, so I was delighted that we had seven take the test this year. It shows their commitment to, and enjoyment of, the subject and their desire to challenge themselves.

Biology is a popular subject here at school and I’ve ran the competition with my A Level group for several years now. I find it really motivates our students to achieve the best they can.”