Marling Students in top 5% of national Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Five Marling sixth formers achieved gold and silver awards in this year’s Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. Ben Barber and Ciaran Sandhu both gained a gold award and were amongst the top 5% of 6600 entrants nationwide.

The students took part in the challenge at the end of June. Designed to test science students in preparation for university, the 90 minute written paper examined the key principles of chemistry.

The students were awarded either a copper, silver or gold certificate from the University of Cambridge Chemistry Department for their achievement in the Challenge. Students who showed an outstanding understanding of chemistry, applying it to different contexts, were awarded either a silver or gold level certificate. A further six Marling scientists demonstrated a sound knowledge and understanding of the key principles of A Level chemistry, gaining a copper level certificate.

Ciaran Sandhu, gold award winner, said:

‘I found the experience enjoyable and the application of syllabus-level chemistry to different modern contexts particularly enriching’

Gabriel Paulson, copper award winner, said:

'I found the experience interesting and enjoyable. It was great to take part in a national event and feel a sense of achievement.'