We pride ourselves as a hands-on and forward thinking department
and we strive to inspire and cultivate a fascination for life
sciences in boys of all ages. We allow our pupils to explore
Biology through a variety of practical and theoretical approaches.
We maintain a large collection of exotic animals (snakes,
tortoises, lizards, insects and spiders) to bring real-life Biology
into the classroom.
In iGCSE and A level pupils also get to experience advance
genetics techniques as well as a wide range of the usual practical
work. The school grounds and the local area also lends itself well
to ecological field work. We aim to provide a broad based
Biological education to prepare our boys right up to Oxbridge
Medic/ Vet level or simply to encourage a healthy, scientifically
Matthew S King BSc, PGCE: Head of
Mr King has a particular interest in looking after the Department's
extensive live animal resources. He is also keen on subaqua
pursuits, and runs clay pigeon shooting activities in the
Darren M George BSc, PGCE
Mr George is also in charge of outdoor pursuits and also
helps with football in the School.
Katie A Tully BSc, MSc PGCE
Miss Tully also assists with drama productions, as she has
a particular interest in costume-making.
Andrew Ross: Technician
We have two well equipped full sized laboratories and one small
lab all with full multimedia facilities and video microscopes. We
are equipped to do the following genetics work: PCR, gel
electrophoresis, DNA extraction and fruit fly genetics.
We currently have the following animals in our menagerie: Boa
constrictor, king snake, corn snakes, tortoises, bearded dragons,
tarantula, stick insects, quail, chickens, ducks, axolotl, various
fish. We also use dissection to demonstrate structure of organ
systems with material sourced from deer and rabbits that have been
I & II Forms: The Science syllabus for
I and II Forms covers the needs of our new intake and is in line
with the stipulations of the Curriculum for Excellence and the
English National Curriculum.
Biology as a distinct subject is taught from the III Form.
III Form: Our syllabus is written as a link
between introductory science topics covered in I and II Forms and
the GCSE topics to be commenced in IV Form. The syllabus also
caters as an introductory Biology course for those entering the
school at this level.
IV Form: The course is an introduction to
the GCSE using syllabus content from the KS4 of the National
Curriculum. There is an emphasis on relating Biology to everyday
situations and to general health. Modules covered are Cells and
Biologicial principles, digestion, heart and transport, microbes
and disease, human reproduction and finally ecology. A lot of
practical work is used this year.
Shell & V Form: The Edexcel iGCSE Biology
course is taught. All pupils in the Shell and Fifth Forms study all
three sciences either as 2 or 3 iGCSEs, depending on ability.
VI Forms: We teach the OCR AS/A2 Biology
Dissection club for prospective medical/ veterinary students. We
looked at squid, herring, rabbit, rat, deer, crow and magpie.