Medal success as school enjoys record entry in competition

Longbenton Community College students who received awards in the British Biology Olympiad (BBO).
Longbenton Community College students who received awards in the British Biology Olympiad (BBO).
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A group of students have been celebrating their success in a national biology competition.

The pupils at Longbenton Community College picked up a host of medals in the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), the Society of Biology’s national competition for 16 to 18-year-olds.

Alexandra Welsh and Thomas Sample were both awarded Gold medals, while Calum Hails, Leah Braviner and Jordan Rooney were awarded Silver medals.

Four other students – Anthony Blenkinsop, Oscar Reid, Molly Pledger and Zachary Hui – were awarded certificates of commendation.

The school had a record total of 30 students taking part in the annual competition which aims to stimulate students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents by offering a wider syllabus than A-level.

Headteacher Paul Quinn said: “This is a truly fantastic achievement from these students.

“Well done to them and to the teachers who have inspired them to reach such heights on a national stage.

“I am sure that competing in the Olympiad will encourage many of these students already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond A-level.”