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British Biology Olympiad 2018

Reading School student to compete for a place to represent the UK team at 2018 International Biology Olympiad

Congratulations and good luck to Thomas Yi Fan Jia in Year 13 who has reached the final 16 students in the British Biology Olympiad.  The finalists will compete for a place on the UK team to take part in the 2018 International Biology Olympiad, the world’s largest biology competition for school pupils.   Tom achieved a gold medal in the first round of the British Biology Olympiad and then competed in the team selection preliminary round, which consisted of a challenging 90-minute paper last month.  The 16 finalists will take part in practical assessments and an additional written paper at the University of Warwick from the 8th-11th April to select a UK team of four students.   In addition to Tom’s outstanding achievement as one of the top 16 biology students in the country, Reading School Biologists gained an impressive 13 Gold, 7 Silver and 15 Bronze medals in the competition run by the Royal Society of Biology.  Receiving a gold medal in this round demonstrates that a student is one of the most talented young biologists in the country.

The British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.  The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) will be held in Tehran this year, with over sixty countries taking part. The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with over sixty countries taking part.  The UK teams have had considerable success at IBO and we are very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the UK team's participation.

Mrs F Howson (Head of Biology) said: 

“We are extremely proud of Tom, he has always been a diligent student with a keen interest in biology especially genetics, a subject he explored further in his EPQ and in which he has impressive knowledge. We wish him the very best of luck in the team final.”

Mr A M Robson (Headmaster) said:

“Firstly, an outstanding achievement from all our biologists who have been awarded 13 Gold, 7 Silver and 15 Bronze medals after competing with a record 7800 pupils nationally, from over 630 schools.  Secondly,  we are incredibly proud and we commend Tom, on being selected as one of the top Gold medal winners, taking up a place out of 16 finalists, to battle for a place to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad 2018.  The British Biology Olympiad is a wonderful opportunity for post-16 students with a curiosity in biology to extend their talents. It provides them with a platform to explore the life sciences beyond the A level syllabus and to be suitably rewarded.   A special thank-you to Mrs M C Maunder (Teacher of Biology) and the Biology Department for inspiring our pupils and their continued support.”

Photograph left to right: (Top row: Kim, Roy, Tom, Ryan, Michael, Chris) (Seated: Sohaib, Tuhin, Tim, Sebastian, Hariharan). #britishbiologyolympiad #science