Student receives award at Royal Society

By Cheryl Osborne, Teacher of Biology

In the Spring term a number of Block 3 and 4 students volunteered to take part in the Biology Challenge, part of the British Biology Olympiad run by the Society of Biology. From this, 4 students achieved gold awards, 4 silver, 4 bronze, 8 highly commended and 2 commended. One of our gold students, Rori Abell’s result was so high that she came in the top 40 out of 30,000 entrants and was invited to the Royal Society to receive her award recently. There was a fascinating lecture by Professor Bruce Hood, Your Mind is like a Matrix, which was fun and informative, and looked at the brain’s plasticity, but also how and why our brain tries to make sense of information that is confusing to it i.e. what we call illusions.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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