Age 11-14

The aim of the biology department is to give girls first hand, practical experience of biological structures and functions, whether at the level of whole ecosystems or biological molecules. To this end, as many lessons as possible have a laboratory based practical component. Training in practical skills is an important part of the curriculum for all year groups.

We encourage girls to appreciate the impact biological knowledge has on the world at large and in their own lives. Pupils have access to relevant journals and articles in our science laboratories and these, together with lectures from visiting speakers, further enrich the girls’ understanding of current issues.

Pupils study biology as a separate science from Year 8. During this year, they are introduced to some basic biological concepts and the breadth of the living world, using exciting examples which are not covered in the curriculum in later years.