Nicole Mitchell, Year 12, has not only received the highest possible award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, but also achieved the highest score in the country! The national competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it takes students significantly beyond the syllabus and encourages them to think about science in the way they would at university. Thousands of students entered from schools across the U.K. but they couldn’t beat Nicole.

Nicole demonstrates ambition and passion in Science, achieving the very highest possible grades while pursuing a love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outside the classroom too, including her work with the STEMettes; a group of women whose goal is to combat the lack of women currently working in STEM.

Chemistry teacher, James Skidmore said: ‘'Nicole has been a pleasure to teach and this is an amazing achievement. I’m sure she will go on to achieve incredible things"

Nicole’s first rate performance now enables her to attend a residential Chemistry camp at the University of Cambridge during the summer holidays.

A number of other students undertook the difficult challenge; Francesca Li achieved the Silver award, followed by Evan Brownutt with Copper, both fantastic results.