Winning formula for chemistry team

Eight pupils from Websters High, Kirriemuir won the Tayside Final of "The top of the Bench" Chemistry competition. The pupils are pictured with the trophy
Eight pupils from Websters High, Kirriemuir won the Tayside Final of "The top of the Bench" Chemistry competition. The pupils are pictured with the trophy

A team of chemistry buffs from Webster’s High School has made its way into the school’s history books by becoming the first from the school to secure its place in the national final of a competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Four out of the eight-strong squad will now have the privilege of taking part in the Top of the Bench final at Imperial College in London on Saturday, March 31 - and they have to beat off stiff competition to secure their place in the final line-up.

Dr Neil McIntyre, the chemistry teacher in charge of the team, said the pupils all had an enthusiasm for chemistry and had “excelled themselves” during the local heats. The Webster’s team fought off a challenge from Forfar Academy, then went on to beat Arbroath High School before travelling to St Andrew’s last Tuesday when they emerged victorious after beating Perth High School, Perth Academy and Woodmill High School from Dunfermline. He said they were all “over the moon” after gaining a place in the national final, although they now faced the difficult task of choosing four from eight for the final. The hopefuls are Donald Hobson, S2; Caitlyn Marshall, S3; Amy-Jo Randalls, S3; Ailsa Peters, S4; Alex Guthrie, S2; Philip Ironside, S3; Demi-lee Neish, S4 and Lynn Simpson, S4.