Biology

Pupils learn through theory and practical work to develop a love of lifelong learning and collaboration.

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Whilst the factual basis of Biology is taught, it is done through practical work to develop a love of lifelong learning and collaboration.

Pupils carry out a large number of practicals in all year groups to support the development of pupils’ knowledge as they are made aware of the industrial, social and economic aspects of the Biology they are studying.

Experienced and committed staff stimulate pupils’ interest in, and enjoyment of, Biology so that they feel encouraged to continue their studies in the subject.

We teach pupils about the range of career opportunities in Biology and related subjects, developing a range of transferable skills that prepare them well for university and beyond.

In the Foundation Year (Year 9), all pupils study Biology to help develop biological-focused skills and enthuse them into life-long learning.

Biology is available as a Sixth Form subject in both A level and International Baccalaureate courses of study. We run residential field trips as well as day trips to zoos or other places of biological interest so our biologists can see science in action.

Pupils also have the ability to take part in National Competitions such as Biology Olympiad for Sixth Form and Biology Challenge for those taking GCSEs.

Facilities

The Biology department has six well-stocked laboratories and practical work forms a significant part in all of the courses taught. A large lecture theatre sits central to the Science School and is regularly used for talks and demonstrations both by our own staff and visiting speakers.