Magna Academy recently took part in the British Biology Olympiad and I am so proud to be able to share with you the news that Bryher and Jake in Year 12 achieved a ‘Commended’ rating, while Lewis in Year 13 achieved ‘Highly Commended’.


So, what is the Challenge and what do students get involved in?

The BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their talent and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.

The BBO is open to students in post-16 education studying at school or college. The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers which were taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Students were presented with topics and ideas which they are not familiar with, so competed with their problem solving skills and understanding of core principals.

In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their studies, the BBO is the first stage in selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). 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 top-scoring students in the BBO will be invited to complete further practical and theoretical training and assessments in order to select a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO).


Mr Holbrook
Head of Biology

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