Double success for Science Student

Anna McGairyA2 student Anna McGairy has two things to be proud of after receiving an offer from the University of Cambridge and also achieving a gold award in the British Biology Olympiad.

Anna from Guisborough has been given a conditional offer to study Natural Biological Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge, and needs to achieve two A*s and one A grade to secure her coveted place. She is currently studying A level Geology, Biology, Maths and AS level Further Maths and says she is really excited to be given the offer and will work hard to try and achieve the grades she needs.

She was also the highest graded student in the college during this year’s British Biology Olympiad which is a competition open to only the top achieving Biology students.  It consists of two one hour multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions and just over 7,000 students from around the UK took part.

Anna said: “I’m really pleased because I wasn’t expecting to get the gold award as I felt the exam hadn’t gone amazingly well and the questions were so varied I had to apply other things I’d learnt that wasn’t specific to Biology A level. For my interview with Cambridge I’d done a lot of reading around Science as a whole so I think that helped me when I was answering questions for the Olympiad.”

Student Charlotte Kirkham also from Guisborough also achieved Highly Commended in the competition.

Prior Pursglove College Faculty Manager Olivia Wytcherley said: “Anna is an outstanding Biology student. She posted the highest score in her exams last year, on the back of this she has been successful in securing a place at Girton College Cambridge. Her performance in the recent Biology Olympiad was excellent, indeed it is the best result we have had for a number of years, and to achieve a gold award put Anna in the top 6% of 7200 students taking part.”

Prior Pursglove Collage has enabled many students to go on to study at both Cambridge and Oxford. In the last four years eleven students were offered a place at one of their colleges.