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Congratulations to Nottingham High School

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 23. April 2009 14:49

A team from Nottingham High School came second in the national Top of the Bench Chemistry Competition. The team was up against stiff competition in a field of 28 schools. All the teams had won regional competitions to qualify. 

So congratulations to the team on their fantastic result and for representing the East Midlands region so successfully! 

The national final of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition was held on 28th March at the University of Loughborough.

Details of the competition are at 

You can see the full write up on the Nottingham High School website:

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Top of the Bench Regional Winners

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 19. January 2009 12:23


Congratulations to Nottingham High School for winning the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition. 

The team was up against stiff competition from teams from eleven other East Midlands’ schools who had qualified through county heats. In joint second place were a team from Burleigh Community College and Limehurst High School in Loughbrough and a team from Stamford School. 

The event was held on the 10th January 2009 at the Chemistry Department of the University of Leicester. Each team comprised 4 students (2 Year 9s, 1 Year 10 and 1 Year 11). The students carried out a practical challenge and a written task in the university labs. I was impressed by how hard they all worked in their teams and their level of chemistry knowledge. I’ve had reports of some exhausted but enthused students on the return journeys. 

The winning team will now go on to the national final of Top of the Bench in the spring and we wish them well as they represent the East Midlands at that event. 

More information about Top of the Bench at

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