Ratcliffe Science students are Top of the Bench! – 8th June 2017

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The dynamic Science Department at Ratcliffe College is proud to announce the outstanding achievement of four of our Year 8 Science students who took part in the prestigious Festival of Chemistry competition, run by the Salters Group on the 8th June 2017 at Leicester University.  The students were Oliver Hunt, Nigel Denham, Annie Rose Reddin and, Marley Totton.  The competition was very challenging, with sixteen other Independent schools and Academies from all over the East Midlands region area taking part.  The students were set a challenge by the University to come up with a method of measuring the density of different salt solutions.  The students were given five different solutions, all with different densities, and were tasked with ranking the solutions from high density to low density.  The Ratcliffe students drew upon their broad Science knowledge and worked effectively as a team, conducting lots of different tests using their own unique method, which resulted in them winning the competition.   Principal judge, Dr Barbara Villa Marcos, described their method as ‘perfect’ – high praise indeed.  Dr Standen, who accompanied the students, was effusive in his praise of the students.  He said, “This is a wonderful achievement by the Year 8 students who really worked hard to apply their Science knowledge gained through our own creative Key Stage 3 curriculum to come up trumps. They should be congratulated for their efforts”.

Dr Stephen Standen