Lincoln UTC Students Win Silver in National Biology Challenge

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Two Lincoln UTC students have been praised for featuring in the top 15% of biology students in the UK.

Year 10 Triple Science students, Bailey Mays and Jay Goldsmith-Wyatt took part in the Biology Challenge and both received Silver Certificate for scoring between 70 and 76%. Just nine percent of the 7,500 entrants received a Silver, with five per cent scoring 77% or higher.

Organised by The Royal Society of Biology, the Biology Challenge was open to 13-15-year-old pupils across the UK and aims to encourage an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum and stimulate curiosity in the natural world.

The online Biology Challenge competition comprised two 25 minute papers, which featured questions from the national curriculum as well areas not covered in lessons as it seeks to reward and challenge students whose interest in the subject has extended beyond the curriculum.

"As a specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths school, we are always looking at ways of challenging our students and giving them opportunities to experience new and different things," says Interim principal, Paul Batterbury. "The Biology Challenge is something we have participated in before and for Bailey and Jay to receive Silver Certificates from The Royal Society of Biology is a fantastic achievement and one which they should be very proud of."

Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year. This summer the UTC celebrated their examination results, exceeding national standards across the specialist subjects in Post 16 and proving to be an outstanding college for the delivery of Mathematics. 100% of leavers entered education, employment or training with 93% of students securing their first choice university. A wealth of Apprenticeship opportunities were secured by UTC students in Years 11, 12 and 13 including Siemens, Alan Woods, Fairfield, the Royal Navy and Air Tanker.

There are no entry requirements for entry into Year 10 but students must have a strong interest in Engineering and/or Science and a desire to combine practical, technical and academic modes of study. Entry requirements for Year 12 courses can be found at