Schools and Colleges


The RSC Thames Valley Local Section endeavours to support schools and colleges by holding events, talks and hosting competitions such as:

  • the Chemistry Challenge
  • Top of the Bench
  • The Phil Smith Trophy
  • our Family and Christmas Lectures  

If you are a chemistry teacher and wish to set up a chemistry club, please don't hesitate to contact us for resources and support.

The Phil Smith Trophy

The Thames Valley local section holds the annual Phil Smith Trophy Competition, in memory of the late Phil Smith who was a pioneer for promoting chemistry and sat on the section committee.  

The trophy is awarded annually to the winning school from a local section run competition. 

The Phil Smith Trophy

For more information about this and previous years competitions.

Top of the Bench

National competition for 14-16 year old students

Contact and Further Information

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Susan Rudlin
Education Officer