Biology is a rapidly expanding and fascinating subject.

Recent advances in molecular biology, biochemistry and the new science of epigenetics have brought with them an ever increasing range of career opportunities with exciting possibilities in medicine, forensic science, developmental biology and agriculture to name but a few.

At St Edward’s, we consider a practical approach to biology to be a crucial aspect of providing a sound basis for further study, as well as being the best way to stimulate interest in, and enjoyment of the subject. Our choice of courses reflects this philosophy. In the lower school, pupils are prepared for the Edexcel IGCSE Biology or IGCSE Double Science Award. These courses provide the ideal springboard for our upper school courses, which are the Edexcel A Level and International Baccalaureate at both higher and standard levels.

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To encourage our pupils to engage with the wider world of academic study we take advantage of the opportunities available to us in Oxford. This includes participating in the talks and events that form part of the programme at the Oxford Natural History Museum and Science Oxford and visiting research institutions such as the Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Neuropharmacology Department. All our IB pupils take part in a five day ecology field course, which is held annually at Slapton Ley in South Devon, thereby gaining hands-on experience of data collection in the field.

The Biology Department also offers a number of enrichment activities within school, including Dissection Club, Ecology Club and Science Extension Seminars to stretch the minds of the most able and an annual Symposium, which is attended by pupils from other schools as well as local scientists. Many Sixth Form pupils opt to undertake Biology related AQA Extended Projects or IB Extended Essays, and are well supported by our highly experienced team of teachers.

Head of Department: Richard Storey


Richard Storey BSc, Edinburgh University;  Head of Biology
Alastair Summers BSc, Edinburgh University
Lucy Baddeley MA, Somerville College, Oxford
Louise Bowen BSc, PhD, University of Dundee
Andrew Davis BSc, PhD, University of Leeds; F.R.G.S.
Tom James  BSc, Queen Mary’s College, London
Alistair Marjot BA Hons Biomedical Sciences, Pembroke College, Oxford
Alex Waring BSc, University of Birmingham

Beata Kolodziej PhD, Nicolaus Copernicus University
Ellie Fleetwood


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