Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year 13 Success in Chemistry

The UK Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education in the UK. The competition offers an enriching experience and a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field. 

This year, the UK Chemistry Olympiads were held remotely, but that did not deter our budding chemists from competing. Round one usually consists of a two-hour long paper, that relates to current or recent controversial issues in science, health or the environment.

This year's questions were about the gas phosphine, which was discovered on Venus and caused a lot of controversy regarding its potential biological origin; carbon capture and storage; 'social distancing' between molecules; a chemical suggested by Donald Trum to treat Covid-19 ad reactions of Xenon (a noble gas).

Most of our Year 13 chemists took part in this year's Olympiad and Hellesdon High School were very proud to see Nuha Chowdhury, Ana-Mae Lee, Ambra Copping, Sophie Mattholie and Rowan Custance all receive a Bronze Award. Our congratulations also goes to Steven Gibbons for winning a Silver Award.

Well done to you all!