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Priestley chemists impress in science competition

THREE scientists from Priestley College impressed in a test of mettle against their peers from across the North West.

Chris Cox, Zoe Fairfax and Chloe Tildsley had to work out how much iron there was in Irn-Bru as well as calcium in milk during the competition held at Liverpool University.

They finished third out of more than 25 schools from the region – nearly half of which were teams from grammar or independent schools.

“We didn’t think it had gone that well so we were really surprised to finish third overall,” said Chris, a former pupil at St Gregory’s RC High School.

To qualify for The Royal Society of Chemistry’s competition Priestley’s trio first had to secure an A grade in their mock exam in December.

During the competition they were given several challenges with a basic method to follow. It tested their knowledge and ability to apply classroom theory in a new environment.

“We got to see what a university laboratory is like, which was great for me as I want to go on to study Chemistry,” said Chloe, who previously studied at The Heath.

Priestley’s students had practised several times after college in the run-up to the competition.

During the test in Liverpool they had to use techniques including titration and spectroscopy to solve the problems they were given.

Former Culcheth High School pupil Zoe said: “It was a great experience and we were all really glad to have taken part.”