·         To stimulate a wonder and interest about living things, biological processes the building blocks of life and the science that glues it all together. 

·         To encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to become independent learners.

·         To provide stimulating and varied learning experiences that allows students to gain access to the Biology curriculum.



Miss L Bray – Head of Biology

Mr C Nelson – Teacher of Science

Miss D Georgiou – Teacher of Science

Mrs B Griffiths – Teacher of Science

Miss K Deane-Hall – Teacher of Science

Mr S Wade – Director of Science

Miss K Bickely – Assistant Director of Science

Mr S Croft – Assistant Director of Science

Miss F Parveen – Head of Chemistry

Mr N Collins – Teacher of Science/STEM co-ordinator

Mr S Saunders – Teacher of Science

Mr M Puttock – Teacher of Science

Mr P Dias – Teacher of Science

Mr B Baines – Teacher of Science/Assistant Head/Teacher of PE

Mr D Ventor – Teacher of Science/World Studies/Psychology

Mrs A Rockingham – Teacher of Science 


Overview of KS3 Biology

Biology modules make up part of the KS3 Science curriculum. We currently follow the Kerboodle scheme of work

Topics include cells, structure and function of body systems, reproduction, health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes and adaptation and inheritance.

Year 9 currently follow a transition scheme of work to help prepare them for their GCSE course




Overview of KS4 Biology

Exam Board: OCR A – 21st Century Science

There are 7 main elements of the GCSE Biology course:

B1 – You and Your Genes (genes, variation, genetic crosses, genetic disorders, genetic testing, cloning, stem cells)


B2 – Keeping Healthy (microbes, defence against disease, vaccination, resistance, drug testing, heart and circulation, homeostasis)


B3 – Life of Earth (species, adaptation, food chains and webs, nutrient cycling, indicators, evolution, natural selection, fossil evidence, sustainability and diversity)


1 Hour paper covering B1, B2 and B3 worth 25% of GCSE


B4 – The Processes of Life (Photosynthesis, diffusion, osmosis and active transport, ecological sampling, respiration, enzymes and fermentation)


B5- Growth and Development (Developing, stem cells, plant cloning, plant growth, mitosis, meiosis, DNA and proteins, cell specialisation and stem cell cloning)


B6- Brain and Mind (Nervous system and neurone structure and function, synapses and drugs, reflexes, brain and memory, learning and behaviour)

1 Hour paper covering B4, B5 and B6 worth 25% of GCSE


B7- Further Biology

Peak performance (Skeletal system, joints, exercise and fitness, heart and circulation, sensing and control, BMI and diet)

Learning from Nature (Closed and open loop systems, waste disposal, energy transfer, sustainability, oil and energy, forests and desertification)

New Technologies (Genetic manipulation, DNA finger printing and profiling, nanotechnology, stem cell technology, biomedical engineering)

1 hour paper worth (25%) of GCSE

Plus Coursework investigation also worth 25% of the GCSE


Overview of KS5 Biology

Exam Board: OCR A (yr 13)


F211 - Cells exchange and Transport (cells, Exchange and transport)

1 hour written examination AS 30%, A level 15%

F212 – Molecules, Diversity, Food and Health (Biological molecules, Food and health, biodiversity and evolution)

1 hour and 45 minutes examination AS 50%, A level 25%

F213 – Practical skills in Biology 1 (controlled assessment of practical skills (internally assessed))

AS 20%, A level 10%

F214 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (communication and homeostasis, excretion, photosynthesis, respiration)

1 hour and 15 minutes 15% of A level

F215 – Control, Genomes and Environment (cellular control and variation, biotechnology and gene technology, ecosystem and sustainability, responding to the environment)

2 hour paper 25% of A level

F216 – Practical Skills in Biology 2 (controlled assessment of practical skills (internally assessed))

A level 10%

Exam Board: OCR A (yr 12)

 A level

There are 6 units which contain between 2 and 5 topics

Unit 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology (assessed in all 3 papers)

Unit 2 – Foundations in Biology (assessed in all 3 papers)

Unit 3 - Exchange and Transport (assessed in papers 01 and 03)

Unit 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease (assessed in 02 and 03)

Unit 5- Communication, Homeostasis and Energy (assessed in 01 and 03)

Unit 6- Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems (assessed in 02 and 03)


There are three examinations

Biological Process (01) 2hrs 15 min 37%

Biological Diversity (02) 2hr 15 min 37%

Unified Biology (03) 1hr 30 26%