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Phoebe is pure gold in Oympiad

Talented Phoebe Thornhill  led the way with gold as Christ’s Hospital’s sixth form pupils starred in this year’s British Biology Olympiad competition.

The youngsters carried away five medals, including gold, and four highly commended certificates.

Phoebe’s win puts her in the top 6% of the 7500 students who sat the Biology Olympiad nationally.

Elspeth Muir, Crispin Leung and Max Day,  all achieved a silver medal and Mercy Adeyemi who achieved a bronze.

Phoebe, from Midhurst, is studying for her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and has received an offer from Oxford University to read Biology in the autumn. She said: “I wanted to do the best I could and I am delighted to have improved on my last year’s performance.”

All medal winners will be attending an awards ceremony at the Institute for Engineering and Technology in July.

The British Biology Olympiad is a national competition for A level and IB pupils run by the Royal Society of Biology. The British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage students already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond the sixth form.

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