Year 9 pupils at Rydal Penrhos achieved success from a prestigious biology challenge during the summer term.
Rydal Penrhos offers its pupils every opportunity to progress academically and reach their potential. This comes throughout a diverse curriculum that adopts a pupil-centred approach, focusing on the individual and bringing some truly exceptional outcomes along the way.
Of course, this is not measured only by examination results alone, which are always of a high standard at the school. But Rydal Penrhos’ ability to bring the best out of its pupils is further reflected in outstanding value-added scores – meaning expectations are often far exceeded.
Another way our pupils get to improve academically is by participating in regional, national and even international competitions, giving them the experience of performing to their capabilities or better under pressure and earning some accolades to be proud of in the process.
The UKBC Biology Challenge is open to Year 9-10 pupils in England and Wales and equivalent year groups worldwide. It consists of two 25-minute multiple-choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions.
Questions were set on the school curriculum, but the competition is also designed to reward pupils whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes and taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest.
There was plenty to celebrate from the Rydal Penrhos pupils that participated in the competition. Arun Ramesh managed to attain a Silver Award as a result of his efforts, putting him in the top 9 per cent of people who took part across the globe.
Harrison McKinnel, Noah Lewis and Liam Farrell were awarded Bronze distinctions, with Philo Rozek attaining a Highly Commended mark.
Rounding off the Rydal Penrhos success stories were Corso Cramerotti, Evan Martin and Jacob Finn, who all received Commended marks from the challenge.