Biology

The Biology department is housed in the Science Priory with state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Every year the Science Departments offer extensive support to those pupils who apply to Oxford or Cambridge to read a medical, science or science-related subject, and have enjoyed considerable success in recent years. In 2015, two pupils received offers to read Biology at Oxford and four pupils received offers to read medicine at Cambridge.

There are flourishing extra-curricular programmes in the sciences, including both a Gurney Society, where pupils have the opportunity to explore science beyond the examined curriculum, and a very popular medical society. Repton Scientific, a science journal written by pupils for pupils is published annually, with the best work being submitted to the internationally renowned Young Scientists Journal.

The aims of the Biology department are to encourage pupils to:

  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including an interest in further study and careers in Biology;
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of both economy and society
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how scientists work 

Biology is both thought provoking and wide-ranging. It is at the forefront of many of the most exciting, innovative and controversial issues that concern us all and is rarely out of the headlines. Stories concerning genetic engineering, human health, stem cell research, environmental concerns, viruses, MRSA, cancer research and forensic science continue to make Biology one of the most debated and interesting fields in Science. Through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, the study of Biology will enable pupils to make informed comment and decisions on these and many other aspects of Biology. 

Biology is, of course, strongly recommended for pupils considering medical, veterinary or related careers. Very many medical schools insist on Biology as an entrance requirement. Biology is also useful for Law, the social and natural sciences and of course the biological sciences.

Vocationally, the study of Biology in combination with other A-levels can provide a gateway to a range of careers and higher education courses including medicine, veterinary sciences, dentistry, natural sciences, physiotherapy, optometry, biological and biomedical sciences (biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, and forensic sciences), genetics, biotechnology, environmental sciences, food sciences, sport sciences, ecology and marine biology.

Dr Stuart Ingleston-Orme, Head of Science

Stuart obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology and DNA repair, and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology in 2012. He is the Head of Biology and Head of Science at Repton. Stuart is a firm believer that investigations, hands-on experiments and demonstrations underpin the voyage of learning and scientific discovery, from dissections and explosions to DNA gels and blood fountains!