Pupils learn to analyse, critique and debate the pressing issues of our age, from human health and genetics to conservation and resource exploitation.

Housed in the world-class Science Centre, the Biology department encourages pupils to become responsible citizens who genuinely care about our ever-changing environment. 

Biologists today are at the cutting edge of ecological conservation research. By studying biology, our pupils develop a keen awareness of ecological issues, enabling them to debate the burning issues of the century – from environmental exploitation and conservation to the sustainable use of natural resources.

Pupils have access to network-linked audio-visual equipment to support their studies, and enjoy a high level of practical ‘hands on’ investigative and experimental work.

Pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive, to ask questions and to explore different points of view. They learn to make informed decisions about their own health and about topical issues in biology, from genetically modified crops to the use of antibiotics. 

The Biology department has well-resourced laboratories, an environmental project room and a large preparation room, supported by extensive reference material in the Cavell Science Library. In their first three years, pupils learn fundamental anatomy and physiology, as well as modern biology, such as applied genetics – and develop their core practical and analytical skills. In the Sixth Form, pupils explore topics in greater depth, from biochemistry and ecology, to diseases and DNA technology.

Pupils specifically interested in the biomedical pathway are looked after in the Asclepian Society. 

We provide many opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons in the biological sciences. Through our Anatomy Society and Journal Club, we inspire pupils to delve deeper and to question what they know. Our Eco School enrichment club provides opportunities to contribute ideas on urgent ecological issues. 

Pupils can participate in Society of Biology events, such as the national Olympiad, and attend lectures, seminars and meetings throughout the year. We run trips to science exhibitions, and host an annual wildlife photography competition.