Biology

Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.

Theodore Roszak
Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972

Biology encompasses a broad range of disciplines from the study of life at a molecular level, through cells, tissues and organisms, to populations and ecosystems.

Advances in the Biological Sciences have direct relevance to our everyday lives: new medical treatments, the protection of endangered species and the development of new food products. These breakthroughs have improved the quality of life for millions of people, and led to a greater understanding of our impact on the environment, the need for better resource management and for conservation.

At Mayfield, girls learn about many aspects of the Biological Sciences in an interesting, informative and intellectually stimulating way. This experience is enriched with a wide variety of activities and clubs for all members of the student body, such as Chicken Club where younger members of the School are encouraged to care for the chicks and learn about chick development.

Middle School girls meet the British Biology Challenge, an online competition organised by the Society of Biology,  encouraging an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum and stimulating curiosity in the natural world.  

Our Sixth Form girls compete in the Biology Olympiad, hoping to win a place on the British Biology Olympiad team representing the UK at the International Biology Olympiad. Preparing for university entrance and future careers is supported by Medlink courses and talks form women working in medicine and science careers.

We also like to work with other departments to inspire and engage our girls.  We regularly join forces with the Geography department for bush craft and fossil hunting days.