TWO dozen pupils at an Alcester school have been received awards in an academic competition.

24 sixth form students at Alcester Grammar School have received broze, silver and gold prizes in the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, UK Round 1.

This exam, set by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is designed to stretch the UK’s most able A-level chemistry students by testing them with challenging real-world problems, which encompass aspects of degree level chemistry.

Gold awards were presented to Finlay Battersby, Izumu Mishima and Callum Farrow. Silver awards were presented to Imogen Airlie, Luke Embley, Edward Randle, Tom Savage, Alex Dior, Sam Bell, Aidan Keavy, Jessica Allington, Tom Hawkins, William Jones, John Sidford, Tom Davies and Alasdair Carr-Smith. Bronze awards were presented to Dominic Armstrong, Katherine McWilliams, Sam Price, Harry Brooks, Spencer Knight, Isabel Boyd, Elliot Kimber and Santi Beach.

Participation in national competitions provides opportunities for Alcester Grammar students to demonstrate their abilities when applying for places at leading universities.

This year, four year 13 chemists at the school secured offers from Cambridge University and Oxford University to read natural sciences, chemistry and medicine following their success in the Chemistry Olympiad last year.