Subjects

Biology

At St Edmund’s, we encourage our biologists to think differently, with our friendly and highly- experienced staff working together to foster a love of the subject in all pupils. Together, they draw upon postgraduate backgrounds in Ecology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Anatomy and Medicine to support learning, and challenge the most able.

Ours is a broad curriculum that favours innovation – for example, through imaginative experiments such as the synthesising of algae beads to investigate the effects of light on photosynthesis at home. At A-level, biologists benefit from an Ecology field trip to the Isle of Wight, and each year pupils take part in The Royal Society of Biology’s British Biology Olympiad, and are regularly awarded medals. We also have a strong link with the University of Kent, where pupils regularly visit the electron microscope and explore topics such as genetic engineering.

Senior Biology Pupil voice

Many St Edmund’s A-level biologists go on to study related subjects at degree level, and in recent years, pupils have taken places at medical school. Our Head of Science and Biology, a former Doctor, offers mentorship and interview practice to prospective Medicine and allied healthcare professional degree course applicants, and work experience is available through our link with a local veterinary practice.

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Pupil Voice

“The teachers in the Biology Department always go the extra mile to help me crack even the trickiest of topics.” Lucy Bullows, Lower Sixth