Upper Sixth Form Chemist Matthew Cresswell has excelled in this year’s UK Chemistry Olympiad and will now go forward to round two of the national competition.

The notoriously difficult exam, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is the leading chemistry competition for pupils in secondary education. The exam is designed to test young chemists’ knowledge in in real-world situations, as well as develop their thinking and problem solving skills. Matthew’s outstanding result places him in the top 30 of the country’s senior chemists.

Head of Chemistry, Mr David Schofield, congratulated Matthew on his impressive achievement.

Matthew has done tremendously well to make it through to round two of the Olympiad. It is the toughest, most competitive Chemistry exam that a student in a UK school can sit and Matthew’s achievement is phenomenal. This is the third year in a row that a Hampton Chemist has made it to round two – Matthew follows in the footsteps of Jasper Newbold (OH 2019) and Varun Muralidharan (OH 2020) who both achieved this accolade. And like Jasper and Varun, Matthew will be heading to Cambridge University this autumn!

School vice-captain Matthew now hopes to be chosen to represent the UK at the International Chemistry Olympiad later this year.

Lower Sixth Former Pallav Bagchi joins Matthew in representing the School on the national stage, by qualifying for round two of the UK Linguistics Olympiad – an exceptional achievement. Well done Matthew and Pallav!

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