A score of 77% in a tough science challenge earned Tamsin Newlove a coveted place at a residential summer school and a Roentgenium Award from the University of Cambridge.
The Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths student was placed in the top 0.7% of the 8481 teenagers who completed this year’s Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
Set by teachers and university chemists, the competition aims to stretch students’ knowledge beyond the A Level syllabus and encourage them to think about science in the way they will at university.
One of the youngest students in her year, former Bitterne Park pupil Tamsin had Maths A Level and a string of top GCSEs under her belt at the age of 15. Her sights are set on a place to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge when she leaves college next year.
Commenting on her success Tamsin said: “I am pleased with my result in the challenge and the residential was really great.
“It was good to meet other people who are really interested in Chemistry and be able to apply techniques learned at college to topics I hadn’t come across before.”
Andy Penson, subject leader for Chemistry said: “Tamsin’s result represents a real achievement, not least because she ran out of time and missed a further 12 marks!
“The Chemistry Department at Barton Peveril is very proud to have her as a student and this result will certainly make her Cambridge application stand out.”
Two other Barton Peveril students – Liam Chalcroft and Dominic Dux – also scored more than 50% in the demanding 90 minute paper.