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Jack MeasureJack Measure

Destination: Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Subject: History

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Students who have gone to Russell Group Universities

Jack Measure

Jack Measure

Destination: Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Subject: History

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Fran

Franziska Kirschner

Destination: University of Oxford

Subject: PhD in Physics

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Amar Chandarana

Amar Chandarana

Destination: University of Oxford

Subject: Economics and Management 

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Shyam Jobanputra

Shyam Jobanputra

Destination: Queen Mary, University of London

Subject: Accounting and Management

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Taliya atukorala

Taliya Atukorala

Destination: King's College London

Subject: Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology

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Roland Amoah

Roland Amoah

Destination: Newcastle University

Subject: Medicine

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Yaana buttinger

 

Yaana Buttinger

Destination: University of Sheffield

Subject: Physics

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Utsav Radia Utsav Radia

Destination: Imperial College London

Subject: Medicine

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Yousef Anis Yousef Anis

Destination: University College London

Subject: Engineering and Business Finance

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Maya Patel Maya Patel (ex Head Girl)

Destination: University of Liverpool

Subject: Accounting and Finance

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Ben Farrar

Ben Farrar

Destination: University of Birmingham

Subject: Music

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Yanbo Zhao Yanbo Zhao

Destination: University of Bristol

Subject: Civil Engineering

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Anna Gribben

Anna Gribben

Destination: University of Bristol

Subject: Building Surveying

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David Hooper

David Hooper

Destination: University of York

Subject: History and Philosophy

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Matthew Choy

Matthew Choy

Destination: Imperial College London

Subject: Computing BEng 

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Sophie Lipton

Sophie Lipton

Destination: University of Manchester

Subject: Middle Eastern Studies

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Charles Pegg

Charles Pegg 

Destination: Kings College London

Subject: Geography

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Jonathan Gorecki

Jonathan Gorecki 

Destination: University of Southampton

Subject: Physics

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Class of 2015 - 2016

Jack Measure

Jack Measure

Destination: Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Subject: History

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Aurora Ståhlberg

Aurora Stahlberg

Destination: Returned to Finland

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Freya buttinger

Freya Buttinger

Destination: University of Sussex

Subject: Mechanical Engineering

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Class of 2014 -2015

Salim Muhammad

Salim Muhammad

Destination: City, University of London

Subject: Sport

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Charmi Navichandra

Charmi Navichandra

Destination: University of Essex

Subject: Drama

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Sirojithan Sivarajah

Sirojithan Sivarajah

Destination: London South Bank University

Subject: Chemical and Process Engineering

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Hena Saleem Hena Saleem

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Biomedical Science

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Class of 2013 - 2014

Shyam Jobanputra

Shyam Jobanputra

Destination: Queen Mary, University of London

Subject: Accounting and Management

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Yaana buttinger

Yaana Buttinger

Destination: University of Sheffield

Subject: Physics

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Krishan Thakar Krishan Thakar

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Digital Technology

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Hershil Patel

Hershil Patel

Destination: Nottingham Trent University

Subject: Law

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Roland Amoah

Roland Amoah

Destination: Newcastle University

Subject: Medicine

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Taliya atukorala

Taliya Atukorala

Destination: King's College London

Subject: Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology

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Class of 2012 - 2013

Maya Patel Maya Patel (ex Head Girl)

Destination: University of Liverpool

Subject: Accounting and Finance

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Utsav Radia Utsav Radia

Destination: Imperial College London

Subject: Medicine

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Aaisha Shah Aaisha Shah

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Finance and Economic

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Monique Fearon

Monique Fearon

Destination: University of Bedfordshire

Subject: Psychology, Counselling and Therapies

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Katherine Fenn Katherine Fenn 

Destination: University of Bath

Subject: Biochemistry

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Harry Neville Harry Neville

Destination: Deloitte's Audit Business

Subject: Banking and Capital Markets

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Chinmaya Yerawadekar Chinmaya Yerawadekar

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Economics

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Aarthie Thayanantha Aarthie Thayanantha

Destination: University of Greenwich

Subject: Accounting and Finance

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Yousef Anis Yousef Anis

Destination: University College London

Subject: Engineering and Business Finance

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Ben Farrar

Ben Farrar

Destination: University of Birmingham

Subject: Music

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Ketan Gopal Ketan Gopal

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Finance and Economics

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Yanbo Zhao Yanbo Zhao

Destination: University of Bristol

Subject: Civil Engineering

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Jack Woodward Jack Woodward

Destination: Goldsmiths, University of London

Subject: Computer Science

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Bavine Baichande

Bavine Baichande

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Psychology

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Class of 2011 - 2012

 

David Hooper

David Hooper

Destination: University of York

Subject: History and Philosophy

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Akshay Shah

Akshay Shah

Destination: Cass Business School

Subject: Actuarial Science

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Anna Gribben

Anna Gribben

Destination: University of Bristol

Subject: Building Surveying

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Nicole Dennis

Nicole Dennis 

Destination: The West End

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Shavindri De Silva

Shavindri De Silva

Destination: SiChaun University, China 

Subject: Medicine 

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Karishma Virji Karishma Virji

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Business Studies

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Olufela Olomola

Olufela Olomola

Destination: Professional Football

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Immi Niewiara Immi Niewiara

Destination: University of Sussex

Subject: Law 

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Ami Thakrar Ami Thakrar

Destination: Portsmouth University

Subject: Economics

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Nadra Jama

Nadra Jama

Destination: Brunel University London

Subject: Psychology

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Jessica Sirius Jessica Sirius

Destination: Univeristy of Hertfordshire

Subject: Economics

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Class of 2010 - 2011

Sophie Lipton

Sophie Lipton

Destination: University of Manchester

Subject: Middle Eastern Studies

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Amar Chandarana

Amar Chandarana

Destination: University of Oxford

Subject: Economics and Management 

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Nishat Kamal

Nishat Kamal

Destination: University of Kent

Subject: Accounting and Management

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Hetal Pratapshinh

Hetal Pratapshinh

Destination: City, University of London

Subject: Business Studies and Finance

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Matthew Choy

Matthew Choy

Destination: Imperial College London

Subject: Computing BEng 

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Alfred Tudor

Alfred Tudor

Destination: University of Huddersfield

Subject: Business Management

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Charles Pegg

Charles Pegg 

Destination: Kings College London

Subject: Geography

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Fran

Franziska Kirschner

Destination: University of Oxford

Subject: PhD in Physics

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Sohib Ghafouri

Sohib Ghafouri

Destination: Kingston, University of London

Subject: Civil Engineering

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Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman

Destination: Nottingham Trent University

Subject: History

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Tariq Basharat

Tariq Basharat

Destination: Nottingham Trent University

Subject: History

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Class of 2009 - 2010

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Emeka Uzoh 

Destination: London Metropolitan University

Subject: Animation

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Jonathan Gorecki

Jonathan Gorecki 

Destination: University of Southampton

Subject: Physics

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Jamie Booth

Jamie Booth

Destination: University of Lincoln

Subject: Post Production 

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Alistair Davidson

Alistair Davidson

Destination: Anglia Ruskin University

Subject: Wildlife Biology 

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Class of 2007 - 2008

Mopani Mkandawire

Mopani Mkandawire

Destination: University of Hertfordshire

Subject: Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies

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Claire Drohan

Claire Drohan

Destination: University of Reading

Subject: English Language and Literature

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Latest News

Posted on: 4/02/2019

The Hidden World of the Atom

Last November, A Level Physics students from Hatch End High went to a lecture at the University College London. There, Dr. Robert Palgrave delivered a mesmerizing lecture on the Hidden World of Atoms. Dr Palgrave started the lecture by introducing the great Michael Faraday’s example of a burning candle flame to explain modern chemistry. That seemingly modest reaction is summarized here: CnH(2n+2) (s) + {(3n+1)/2}O2 (g) → n CO2 (g) + (n+1)H2O (g) Many of the students in the auditorium that evening were wondering, how do we know that atoms are structured and behave in the way we see them in textbooks? The lecture took us on a history tour starting as early as antiquity. Democritus, the ancient Greek philosopher, considered the fundamental question on the nature of matter. He imagined a very large block of gold, which he cut it into half repeatedly. The question he posed was: “Is there ever a point where the block of gold can’t be cut any further?”. The people who thought the block could not be divided were called atomists and thus, they called the smallest unit of matter “the atom” (Greek: a + tomos = not cut). On the other hand, those who disagreed with Democritus could not accept the fact that there were gaps between atoms, which contained nothing. Dr Palgrave then steered us into the 1880s, an era of rampant discovery in chemistry. Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen and nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas). His contemporary and equal, Henry Cavendish would discover hydrogen in this period, calling it “inflammable air”. Astutely, Cavendish realized that no matter the amount of product made, the reactants always reacted in a certain proportion with each other. John Dalton (shown) lay down the foundations for modern atomic theory – his postulates said the states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) are composed of discrete, indivisible units called atoms. Elements (like Cavendish’s hydrogen) are composed of atoms of the same mass and properties, and chemical reactions simply are the rearrangement of these atoms. Dr Palgrave then entertained us with the story of August Kekule, a German organic chemist, who was the first person to solve the structure of benzene - a problem which had been troubling chemists for decades. The legend goes that whilst Kekule was asleep in front of the fire, he had a dream of a snake devouring its own tail. Upon waking, Kekule had the idea of the circular structure of benzene (shown). As Dr Pelgrave brought his lecture to a close, he arrived at his conclusion. The truth about the hidden world of atoms becomes clear: the accuracy and usefulness of scientific models of atoms have improved over time. Science is the relentless and rigourous pursuit of better and better models to explain the natural world. Written by Monishka Sinha(6HME).
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