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Biology Olympiad Success

Rebecca Marrow, Lady Manners School student, has stormed through a national biology competition to be chosen to represent the UK in the international competition in Iran in the summer.

Eight Year 13 students from the school were entered in the British Biology Olympiad, run by the Royal Society of Biology. The British competition attracted over 7,800 entrants, all top biologists nominated by their schools. The school team all achieved highly, totting up a gold, a silver, three bronze, two highly commended and a commended award between them.

Rebecca, one of the group, was selected to progress to the next round. This was the start of the selection process for the UK team for the international competition. Rebecca sat a 90 minute written paper and was subsequently chosen to be one of sixteen finalists to travel to the University of Warwick to take part in a three day session of practical skill training and four practical exams. During this, the students benefitted from the expertise of the University of Warwick Life Sciences team, which helped the sixth form students to master undergraduate level skills in a short period of time.

Rebecca emerged as one of only four students to be chosen to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Iran in the summer. She will join the UK team for training sessions in London prior to her trip.

Dr Lennard, Rebecca’s biology teacher said: “This is an astonishing achievement for Rebecca and we are extremely proud of her.”