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A teacher from Francis Holland School organises "Top of the Bench" Chemistry competitions for 4 state schools

"Top of the Bench" operates around Britain and the Head of Chemistry from Francis Holland School runs the Middlesex and Chilterns competition. This year's event was hosted at St Benedict's in Ealing and the four state schools were: Westminster City School, Ellen Wilkinson's School for Girls, Queen Elizabeth's School in Barnet and The Latymer School in Edmonton.


"Top of the Bench" aims to encourage able young chemists and to support them with practical science in an engaging way.


The Royal Society of Chemistry has been running "Top of the Bench" for some years.


Teacher time and facilities from another independent school (St Benedict's)


There is a qualitative impact to this project. It is an annual event.

Pupil Involvement

Young chemists from Francis Holland took part alongside their state school counterparts. The project is run for A level pupils.


Once a year in November.