Department of Biology

The Biology department is dynamic and vibrant; it is where students learn to appreciate the complexities and simplicities of the living world. This subject is very popular at St George’s.

We have three modern, well-equipped laboratories and a specialist 6th form project room, where our students carry out many practical activities, which help them to understand scientific method and hone their skills of data collection and problem solving.

In Upper 4 (S2) girls learn about their own health, the nervous system, genetics of inheritance and the environment. 

In Lower 5 (S3) and Upper 5 (S4) the GCSE course is taught following OCR Gateway Biology. This is taught over two years covering six main topics: Cell level systems, Scaling up, Organism level systems, Community level systems, Genes, inheritance and selection, Global challenges, Practical skills.

In the Lower Sixth form we offer Higher or National 5 Biology, building on the experiences and knowledge of GCSE and including personal research assignments.

In the Upper Sixth girls can study Higher Biology, or Advanced Higher Biology which provides an in-depth study of cells, DNA technologies and environmental interactions. The girls also complete a supervised independent Research Project on a topic of the­­­­­­ir choice, and have the opportunity to attend a residential field trip.

The department arranges a number of educational visits throughout the year, including The Roslin Institute, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Deep Sea World. We also welcome a number of guest speakers throughout the year from across the world of biological sciences. Students can also elect to complete their Silver and Gold Crest awards, as well as enter the International Biology Olympiad.

Teaching Staff

Mark Ashmore

BSc (Hons) Zoology (Marine and Fisheries Biology), PGDip RNCM

Rob Daubenspeck

BSc (Hons) Microbiology, PhD Microbiology

Claire Goodbrand

BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology

Laura Scott

BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology

Supported by our technician, Gillian Ritchie HNC Biology.

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland), and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually a PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.