Senior - Biology

In the Biology Department our aims are to develop the girls’ knowledge and understanding of the natural world, from the molecules and cells that make up their bodies up to the ecosystems that make up the world. We encourage girls to think for themselves and develop their own informed opinions about controversial biological issues.

Biology in Years 7 and 8 is part of an overall Science course with emphasis on developing girls’ practical skills. In Year 9 the theme of Evolution links the lessons through the year, incorporating medical information and comparative anatomy. This forms a sound foundation for the GCSE and A Level courses.

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification and at A Level we follow the OCR specification. A Level pupils take part in a field trip to Yorkshire.

We encourage girls to participate in national competitions such as the Biology Challenge, the Biology Olympiad and Microbiology Competition. We have had outstanding successes in these competitions.

The department is actively involved in the maintenance of the College grounds to provide opportunities for ecological studies during lesson time. We run numerous competitions and challenges to give the girls the opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves well beyond the confines of examination specifications.

We keep numerous animal and plant species in the laboratories and girls are encouraged to play a part in their care and maintenance.  By studying and handling animals in captivity and attending to their needs the girls gain much knowledge about their physiology.  They are encouraged to question the ethics of keeping animals in captivity and to learn how they can enhance the animals’ lives by providing appropriate behavioural stimulation.