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Last week four King’s Hall scientists competed in the prestigious Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. The Salters’ Festival is a one-day event designed to promote an appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst young children. Its benefits include developing practical and problem-solving skills, carrying out investigations, and interacting with like-minded pupils.

Taking part in this year’s festival were Year 7 pupils Ruby Beresford, Cameron Wallace, Beth Worthy and Gus Gompels. The group faced 15 other schools, which mainly comprised of Year 8 pupils. The budding chemists competed in a series of practical challenges – the true bread and butter of science – and following a number of successful experiments, placed an excellent second.

Head of Science at King’s Hall, Joe Hayden, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our pupils. We came third last year and second this year, which can only mean one thing … roll on 2020.”