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Biology is the study of life! In Biology we consider what organisms are made of, how they work and how they interact with each other.

In Years 7 and 8, students are taught general Science. The Biology department teaches students in Year 9 and 10 AQA separate GCSE Biology. This course covers a range of Human, Animal and Plant Science as well as considering Genetics, Evolution and Environmental Biology. In Years 11-13 we follow OCR’s A-Level Biology course which develops all the ideas met at GCSE, but offers opportunities for more detailed understanding and development of advanced practical skills.

Students who have studied Biology have gone on to a whole range of related courses at University, including Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Anatomical Sciences, Genetics, Virology, Microbiology, Midwifery, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences and Marine Biology.

- Mr Smith, Head of Biology


Mr Smith Head of Biology
I have always been interested in Biology and Natural History and I studied Biology at Royal Holloway, University of London. During my A-Levels and summers at University I worked for MEDASSET - a sea turtle conservation organisation in Greece - tagging and recording Loggerhead turtles. At University, courses I particularly enjoyed were Genetics, Bird Behaviour and Marine Biology. I was lucky enough to carry out fieldwork at the Marine Station on the Isle of Cumbrae, as well as Mountain Vegetation in North Wales. The bird behaviour course inspired me to carry out a research dissertation in Vigilance in flocking Barnacle Geese, which I carried out in two very wet weeks on Islay. I completed my PGCE at the University of Exeter and have previously taught in Essex and South Devon. I am enjoying my time at Colyton and look forward to teaching all aspects of the GCSE and A-Level courses and getting as many of the students as possible to use the array of sampling equipment we have in school.

Mrs Lear Biology Teacher
Growing up in the Devonshire countryside, I have always enjoyed getting outside and watching wildlife. This together with my fascination for physiology led me to study Biology at the University of York. At university I chose to study a wide range of different topics, including a high proportion of genetics units. I completed my PGCE atBristol University and taught at schools in Oxford, Suffolk and Swindon before moving to Colyton Grammar in 2010. Whilst in Wiltshire I was actively involved with the local bat and mammal groups, enabling me to gain valuable hands-on experience handling bats and other small mammals, including harvest mice and dormice. It is a real pleasure to be back in Devon and teaching at Colyton Grammar School, where the students ask such interesting questions, constantly inspiring me to extend my own understanding. Last year, together with my husband, I took over the running of Ten Tors for the school and feel a great sense of achievement in successfully training the teams and being able to share my passion for walking on Dartmoor

Mrs Trott Biology Teacher
I have always had an interest in the natural world and studied Biology and Geography (Joint honours) at Bristol University. My dissertation looked at the impact of different management strategies of grassland on the plant and insect species present, which involved using a range of sampling techniques. I worked on a project using a rainfall simulator to investigate rates of erosion by splash detachment from topsoil, on a range of slope types and angles. At University, field work visits included studies of bat species, abundance and echo-location calls in Wales and sampling ecosystems in Mallorca. I stayed on at Bristol to complete my PGCE and then worked at the Castle School in Taunton, before moving to Colyton. I greatly enjoy teaching Biology, both at GCSE and A-Level and have lots of fun running the Year 7 Science Club with a group of very helpful Sixth Form students.

Mrs A Robinson Head of Lower School Science
At school I was always interested in the science subjects and after studying about the immune system during my A-Levels, biology became my firm favourite. I studied Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter, to give me the opportunity to learn about a wide range of areas within the subject. I particularly enjoyed cell and molecular biology, as I find it fascinating that there are so many organised systems and structures working together inside living organisms to allow them to function. I wrote my dissertation on the pathological conditions that arise from the dysfunction of cilia and flagella in humans. I completed my PGCE at the University of Bath, and have enjoyed teaching biology and science and trying to encourage interest in topics that people have not understood or enjoyed before.

Mrs Tiller Senior Science Technician
I have been a science technician here for 15 years and like a lot of technicians I have spoken to, accidentally fell into this interesting, varied and enjoyable career.   I have
recently become the senior technician through ongoing training, a role I am thoroughly enjoying. I am an ex pupil of the school, as were my brother, mother and father. 


Above and beyond the GCSE and A-Level syllabuses, the department offers opportunities to investigate theories and ideas experimentally. Every year we support Extended Project (EP) students carrying out original scientific research, examples of which can be viewed below.

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Practicals form an important part of lessons and at A-Level, much of the tutorial programe is given over to carrying out dissections or Drosophila breeding programmes, investigating genetic crosses. We have superb sampling equipment and Sixth Formers regularly trap moths and small mammals in their study periods. Currently, Year 12 students visit the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve (NNR), to study succession on the sand dune systems. Students in Years 10 and 13 get the opportunity to test their biological knowledge nationally in The Biological Challenge or Olympiad events.

In addition, we also run the Life in the Vines project in partnership with the Royal Society, the University of Exeter and Silverton Vineyard.