Twelve Oundle pupils received medals
and certificates in the recent British Biology Olympiad with Chris Gilmartin
(17) receiving a Gold medal and an invitation to take part in the selection
round for the British Biology Olympiad Team. Chris finished in the top 3.2% of
5057 entrants in this year’s competition.
In addition to Chris’s Gold medal,
Daniel Bateson (18) and Viren Pandya (17) achieved Silver medals with Zuleikha
Mistry (18) and Kirsty Ross-Stewart (17) receiving Bronze Medals. Three Oundle
pupils were awarded Highly Commended Certificates and a further four were
commended on their results.
Biology teacher, Sudip Burman-Roy
commented, “The British Biology Olympiad
challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and
extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A-level, it allows
students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and
publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. It
is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage pupils at Oundle already
interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue
their study beyond A-level.”
In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their
studies, the BBO provides a means of selecting a team to represent the UK at
the International Biology Olympiad.
The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top
pre-university biology students in the world, with 60 countries taking part.
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Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the
Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar
School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for
pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing
Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School,
with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.