Each year, students in Year 13 participate in the Biology Olympiad and students in Year 9 participate in the Biology Challenge. These are national competitions designed to test students’ knowledge of Biology.
Students in Years 12 and 13 are encouraged to attend the Medical Society, a group that meets weekly to discuss current medical issues and aims to prepare students for university.
Year 7 students participate in a trip to Colchester Zoo to support their study of adaptations and classification. Year 12 students attend a residential field trip to support their ecology work. In 2013, Sixth Form students took part in Operation Wallacea, which involved a visit to South Africa during the summer holidays. Another Operation Wallacea trip is being organised to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador in 2017.
In 2015, 94% of GCSE Biology students achieved A*-B grades and 57% achieved A*-B grades at A level.
Tahir Khan (Deputy Head Boy) gained three A* and one A grade and secured his place to read Medicine at the University of Cambridge.
Head of Department
Mrs L Willson BSc(Roehampton) GTP(Essex)