A STUDENT from St Bede’s Catholic Middle School, in Redditch, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Scientist of the Year’ award.

Dylan Rees, aged 11, who lives in Bromsgrove, attended the awards ceremony at Birmingham University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, on June 26. He was presented with his award by Wendy Cox, West Midlands’ consultant and lead primary science consultant for the Ogden Trust.

The Ogden Trust was established in 1998 to encourage and promote the teaching and learning of physics in the UK. Working in partnership with schools, the trust runs a variety of Ogden Physics Prize schemes, as well as providing funding for a number of science based programmes.

Dylan was one of 17 year six students from across the West Midlands to be recognised for his outstanding commitment to science-based subjects.

John Kitchen, head of science at St Bede’s, said: "Dylan was selected from 150 children in his year group to win this award. He has worked incredibly hard to develop his knowledge of the subject area and uses advanced scientific language with complete understanding. We are very proud of his achievement.”

Dylan enjoyed a variety of interactive scientific demonstrations during his visit to Birmingham University, before receiving his award.