Record-breaking Olympiad success

May 31, 2017

Students from Collyer’s have enjoyed a record year at the annual British Biology Olympiad 2017. Beating off stiff competition from thousands of contestants across the UK, the Collyer’s students won 3 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze medals. In addition, 13 Collyer’s students received Society of Biology commendations, with 7 of those highly commended!

Dr Mike Price, Subject Leader for Biology at Collyer’s was very pleased with a record year: “The competition was incredibly demanding this year and really tested in-depth biological knowledge at the highest level. I’m thrilled that Collyer’s students have been deservedly recognised as amongst some of the very best in the country!”  

Gold medals were awarded to Thalia Ballinger, Sean Hutchinson and Jennifer Inglis-Taylor, with Sam Dallas and Emily Hayes achieving silver. Bronze medals were awarded to: Sonny Alwin, Rohan McGuinness, Angharad Moore, Ellie Clarke, Israel Harding; Liu Qing Hao and Patrick Slazak.

Jenny Inglis-Taylor, who previously attended Millais School in Horsham, was delighted to win her gold medal: “It’s great that Collyer’s is able to compete with and beat many of the top private schools and sixth form colleges from around the country. Thank-you so much to my teachers.”

Abby Campbell, Emma Simmons, Chris Palmer, Daniel Sescu, John Luke Drew; Ross Waugh and Amanda Anasamy were highly commended. Elena Davis, Sinead Lawson, David Poole; Perrine Humphreys, Isa Godinot and Precious Joveres all received commendations.

Dr Mike Price said: “I’m lost for words! These students are Biology’s super-stars at Collyer’s, so it really is incredibly exciting for everyone! The Biology team are so proud!

“This is all fantastically useful for UCAS applications to the most prestigious universities and courses!  Well done to them all!”

Collyer’s Principal Sally Bromley, who presented the students with their awards, said: “We have a richly deserved reputation for excellence for our outstanding faculty for Mathematics and Science. Huge congratulations to Dr Mike Price and these outstanding students for representing the faculty and Collyer’s so superbly! Horsham and Collyer’s should be extremely proud of them all. To be able to compete at this level on the national stage is fantastic.”

Dr Mike Price is already excited about next year: “Looking at the next generation coming through, including some first year’s awarded prizes today, I’m confident that we can achieve even greater success in the future! We’ve raised the bar high, but records are there to be broken!”