KING’ Ely student, Rosamond van Wingerden, has become one of only 16 young people in the country to make the UK finals of the British Biology Olympiad – a challenging competition for A Level Biology students who are predicted an A grade.

In January, the King’s Ely Biology Department entered its most talented students into the first round of the competition, which enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. Across the UK, 7,200 students took part and the top 150 students were invited to take part in the second round. This included King’s Ely Sixth Form’s Rosamond van Wingerden and Paul Daehn, who had both attained high marks in the first round and each received a Gold medal.

It has now been confirmed that Rosamond’s results were among the top 16 and she has been invited to take part in this year’s final, which will take place at the University of Warwick for several days in early April. If she excels in Warwick – and there is a 1 in 4 possibility – she will go on to represent Britain in the International Biology Olympiad in Vietnam in July.

Paul Lott, Head of Biology at King’s Ely Senior, was thrilled at her success: “This is an outstanding achievement and we all wish her well in the final.”

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, added: “Rosamond is a remarkable young woman – multi-talented and inspiringly diligent. If anyone deserves come out on top, it’s Rosamond; but whether or not she goes through to the International Olympiad, she is a winner by every standard.”

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