A Level Biology students excel at British Biology Olympiad

March 23, 2020

In February, six HSDC Alton students took part in the prestigious British Biology Olympiad as part of the International Biology Olympiad competition involving 9,000 students worldwide from 688 schools. The competition, which has been going 31 years, challenges students and enables them to demonstrate their knowledge of Biology through two 45-minute multiple choice papers.  

Congratulations go to Eloise White, who did an outstanding job as one of only 6.2% of British Olympiad competitors to win gold. Congratulations also to Jemima Willoughby and Helena Dolan on winning silver who, of particular note, did especially well as they are only in their first year. 

Top scoring students are offered the opportunity to attend an award ceremony in London. The top 16 scorers are invited to attend a residential in mid-April where they will compete to be one of the four on the team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Japan in July 2020. 

Libby Smith, Course Manager for Biology and Psychology, was particularly happy with the students’ performances:

“I am especially pleased that Eloise gained the gold medal this year to go along with the bronze medal she achieved last year and the silver medal she gained in the intermediate Biology Olympiad in the summer.  She now has the full set!”