Aspiring Medic Achieves Gold CREST Award

Year 12 student Maimoona Ghanchi has achieved a Gold CREST Award after working on a research project over the summer holidays.

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CREST is a nationally recognised scheme that encourages young people to complete student-led projects in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. Maimoona had previously completed Bronze and Silver CREST Awards at Bolton School in Years 8 and 9, and these experiences inspired her to work towards the Gold Award as well.

Her project for the Gold Award, which requires 70 hours of work, was an investigation into lung cancer. Talking about why she chose this subject, she said: ‘At first I had some difficulty picking a topic. I had a few ideas of what I wanted to research, such as vaping and smoking, and that led me to look at lung cancer.’

Maimoona linked her research to the wider world as well as looking at the causes of lung cancer, its stages and the treatments available. She said: ‘It was difficult initially, but I enjoyed researching because it’s something I’m really interested in.’

The assessors were impressed with Maimoona’s detailed project and her use of varied sources. They said in their feedback that she showed great understanding of the science as well as exploring the topic logically and conveying the information in a clear and accessible way.

Maimoona is studying Biology, Chemistry and Geography at A Level and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine in the future.

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We understand that the best learning takes place when girls feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling self conscious. They forge strong friendships to support and sustain them throughout their lives. They also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Boys’ Division through participation in extra-curricular activities alongside them.

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