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Year 9 & 10 Biology Challenge

Congratulations to Year 9 and 10 Biologists who achieved an impressive 46 Gold, 46 Silver and 90 Bronze awards in the 2019 Biology Challenge run by the Royal Society of Biology

47,183 students from 527 schools worldwide had participated this year. To achieve a Gold award a score of 77 out of 110 was required this was awarded to the top 5% of participants.  The competition consisted of two, twenty-five-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Questions were set on the school curriculum, but the competition also rewards those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

The Biology Challenge stimulates students’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages them to take an interest in biology outside of school.

The top achieving year 10 students in the School were:


M (10W)


S (10S)


D (10E)


M (10C)


C (10W)


M (10W)


AL (10E)


B (10S)


C (10C)


H (10W)


The top achieving Year 9 students who also received Gold awards were:


T (9S)


V (9C)


D (9C)


L (9W)


F (9W)


T (9W)


Y (9S)


G (9C)


P (9W)


Mr A M Robson (Headmaster) said:

“An exceptional achievement from all our Year 10 biologists and those Year 9s that have risen to this challenge.  We are incredibly proud of the academic excellence displayed by our students in achieving these awards. Opportunities like these are a brilliant platform to allow our pupils to extend their curiosity in biology as well as to spread their talents.  This is also a testament to the impressive 31 offers from Russell Group Universities to read Biology-related degrees' including 27 for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Natural Sciences, Biochemistry and Biological Sciences that our Year 13 students received. This is indicative of the progress through the school. A special thank you to the Biology Department for inspiring our pupils. We were grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the Biology Challenge.

Reading School is also especially grateful to all our parent and alumni donors who help in “Building an even better Reading School.” Your support makes participation in competitions like these possible and enables us to cover the cost of resources and competition fees.

If you would like to make a donation please contact Mrs J Chhokar in the Society Office at  

*Please note: The photo only shows some of the students who embarked on this challenge. 

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