Specialism News

Outstanding achievement in national Biology competition

This week the final results were announced for the Royal Society of Biology’s national Biology Challenge competition. This highly respected and rigorous competition is difficult to perform well in, however this year over 100 of our Year 9 and 10 students did well enough to be awarded with a certificate, which is an outstanding achievement. Particular recognition goes to the students who received the Gold certificate, which places them in the top 5.4% of the country.

Students who received the Gold award were:

  • Jack Holladay
  • Gabriel Da Silva
  • Clem Marshall
  • Ted Proctor
  • Charlie Thomas

royal society of biology


Spring chickens are hatching at APS

Susanne De Sena from year 12 writes...

After winning the Jack Petchey award, I decided to use the money given to us by the Jack Petchey foundation to fund a chicken project with the students at APS.  The project I chose was to incubate ten fertilised chicken eggs and I looked after the chicks for two weeks with the help of a group of animal lovers from key stage 3 and key stage 4.

After incubation, 8 of the eggs hatched perfectly healthily but one sadly died.  The other chick had to be removed from its shell by the talented technician, Mr. Davies and Ms. David, honorary midwifes, after some traumatic first moments of life.  We named him Rocky and he is now healthy and well integrated with the other chicks.

It was a very rewarding experience; bringing and looking after fluffy, chirping new life and seing how much joy it brought to the younger students, teachers and other people who wanted to see and hold the young chicks.

It was a great experience.  Thank you to the Jack Petchey foundation.

The entire hatching process was filmed over the course of a couple of days, and has been edited / condensed by our media technician Sam Redfearn.  Watch the hatching below.



APS students compete in Biology Olympiad

This year more than 7500 pupils from around the country took part in the british Biology Olympiad.  The competition is highly regarded and the highest scoring students are invited to represent Britain internationally.  We entered six of our top Biologists, who have all scored very respectable marks.  In particular, Stephen Mason and Iona Robb have achieved a silver award.  Well done to all six students involved.

  • Alex Minns - Silver
  • Stephen Mason - Bronze
  • Iona Robb - Bronze
  • Berin Tunc - Commended
  • Gozde Gultekin - Commended
  • Abigail Christian - Commended

Biology Success st APS

This year has been a successful time for Biology students at APS!  Shortly after Alex Minns's success in the International Biology Olympiad earlier in the year, thirteen Year 10 students and one Year 9 student took part in the National Biology Challenge.  This is an extremely highly regarded competition and so we were particularly impressed to find out that every single student that took part from APS scored highly enough to be awarded with a certificate.  Especially well done to Ariadne Cambanis who received the highest possible award, and to Goncalo Osario, who scored very well and was the only Year 9 student to take part.

This term some Year 12 students also took part in the newly created intermediate Biology Olympiad.  Well done to all students that took part, but particular congratulations go to Gozde Gultekin (Commended) and Alex Minns, who once again excelled and achieved a Gold award for his efforts.

All awards are listed below:

International Biology OympiadIntermediate Biology OlympiadBiology Challenge
  •  Alex Minns - Bronze
  • Alex Minns - Gold
  • Gozde Gultekin - Commended 
  • Ariadne Cambanis - Gold
  • Fran Panteli - Silver
  • Celia Warre - Silver
  • Aishwariya Tailor - Silver
  • Marcus Barr - Bronze
  • Jessie Cummerson - Bronze
  • Georgia Karagianni - Highly Commended
  • Finn Johston - Highly Commended
  • Saskia Allen - Highly Commended
  • Abby Ryan - Highly Commended
  • Lucy Corry - Highly Commended
  • Anna O'Donoghue - Highly Commended
  • Goncalo Osario - Commended
  • Ella Richmond - Commended