The CREST Awards are innovative science awards that allow sixth form students to complete an independent science project. The Gold CREST Award is the highest level of achievement and requires more than 70 hours of independent work, including designing a project from the guidelines and then completing the project from the planning to the final stages. The criteria are designed to challenge students.

CREST gave Samantha an opportunity to improve Core skills such as teamwork and communication, whilst also developing her scientific knowledge through working alongside the schools Biology and Chemistry staff. Samantha’s Project was titled “Is organic chicken better for us than non-organic?” She investigated the fat, protein and other constituent contents of chicken breast samples using scientific analysis. Samantha documented her findings in a report which she submitted and awarded with a Gold CREST Award. A fantastic achievement.