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Biology

Biology

Overview of the Science Department

Science at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy is a large department which has an extremely broad range of experience in numerous Science disciplines. We are working collaboratively to provide the best quality Science education for our young people, to ensure we stay abreast of the latest scientific innovation and teaching practises and develop beginning teachers to tier full potential. We strive to include as much practical work as possible in the education we deliver so that students receive a hands-on approach to learning.  

Meet the Science teachers

Name Role About them 
Mr Marrill Curriculum Director of Science Mr Marrill has been teaching for 17 years and has recent joined Haberdashers Crayford this year. Despite being a biologist, he has a passion for fireworks. 
Dr Nisi 2 i/c Science and Head of Physics Dr Nisi is an experienced physics teacher and has been at the school for 2 years.
Ms Elliott Head of Biology Ms Elliott has recently started at Crayford. She has a completed a degree Physiology and Biochemistry. She is incredibly passionate about Neuroscience.
Ms Elmi Lead Practitioner/ITT Coordinator Ms Elmi has been at the school for almost 5 years and has completed a Biomedical Science degree. She teaches Psychology as well as Science and is passionate about Microbiology.
Ms Sojinrin Assistant Principal Ms Sojinrin teaches Chemistry, she has been in Haberdashers since 2017. She studied Biochemistry at university and enjoys sampling good food in her spare time. 
Ms Akinyemi Science Teacher Ms Akinyemi has been at the school for 3 years and completed her degree in Chemistry. She is extremely passionate about all things Chemistry. 
Mr McCormack Science Teacher & Head of House Mr McCormack completed a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science before specialising with a master’s degree in Cancer Biology. He then went on to work in the cancer research industry (focused on cervical cancer) before becoming a teacher. Mr McCormack has been at HACA for 2 years and co-ordinates the Applied Science BTEC. He is passionate about medical sciences and neuroscience. 
Ms Smith Science Teacher Ms Smith has been a science teacher at physics for 3 years. She has a degree in physics. She is passionate about climate change and astronomy.
Mr Alomoge Science Teacher & Head of Year 10 Mr Alomoge has been teaching for almost 14 years and joined Haberdashers’ Crayford in 2017. He has a degree in Biochemistry and a masters in pharmaceutical sciences. Mr Alomoge's passion is Chemistry. 
Ms Stanhope Science Teacher Ms Stanhope has been teaching for 9 years and has a degree in Chemistry from the University of York. Her favourite Scientist is Dorothy Hodgkin who used X-Ray diffraction to determine the structure of Penicillin.
Ms Middlemiss Science Teacher Head of Year 8 Ms Middlemiss teaches both Science and Design technology, her passion is Biology.
Mr Arthur Science Teacher Mr Arthur joined Crayford Academy in September 2020. He's been teaching all three sciences for 24 years and obtained his degree in Applied and Human Biology at the University of Aston in Birmingham.
Ms Sullivan Science Teacher and Lead Teacher in Child Development Ms Sullivan joined the Academy four years ago as a PE and Science teacher and has since stepped into the role of Lead Teacher of Child Development. She studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton and is passionate about how young people grow, learn and develop.
Ms Mackay Science Teacher & Head of Health and Social Care Ms Mackay has been at HACA for almost 7 years and has a degree in Psychology. She is Head of Health and Social Care as well as teaching Science and is passionate about mental health in young people. 
Ms Vitalino   Trainee Science Teacher Ms Vitalino completed a Masters degree in Chemistry and has recently joined the academy. She is eager to help students apply scientific knowledge to everyday life. She also has a particular interest in computational chemistry and the application of developing technology in modern day science.
Ms O’Reilly Trainee Science Teacher Ms O'Reilly has recently joined Haberdashers Crayford. She has completed a degree in Neuroscience and is passionate about the nervous system and human biology. 

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 3

KS3 Biology begins by introducing the new Year 7 students to the secondary science laboratory with a cross curricular focus on lab safety and building basic skills which the students will utilise throughout their time in the Science laboratory. Having completed this introductory course students move on to learning the fundamental foundations of Biology through an introduction to concepts such as Cells, Structure and function of body systems, Reproduction and finally looking at the development of technology that has allowed us to study Biology in more depth. In year 8 students will complete units on Health and Lifestyle, Ecosystem processes and Adaptation and inheritance, finally looking at historical developments in the study of Biology, thus gaining a firm foundation to start their GCSE studies in year 9.  

View our Key Stage 3 Biology Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 4

Year 9 sees the students embarking on their GCSE studies across the three-year programme. Having gained a broad yet in depth introduction to Biological Science students may begin to deepen their understanding through revisiting topics such as cells, plant structures and functions and health and lifestyle in more detail. GCSE science allows students to acquire an understanding of new topics such as genes and inheritance and animal coordination and control.  

Both GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Biology (Separate Science) allow students to progress into studying A-Level Biology in the Sixth Form.  

View our Key Stage 4 Biology Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

OCR A-Level Biology take students to the next level of understanding they will truly deepen their understanding of topics such as Biological Molecules, learning about the structure of glucose molecules and the difference between fibrous and globular tertiary protein structures. Students will marvel at the complex and beautiful processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Armed with this knowledge students will be ready to take their learning to university and beyond. 

View our Key Stage 5 Biology Curriculum Map

What qualifications can be gained?  

GCSE: Combined Science

GCSE: Biology (when taken alongside Chemistry and Physics as part of the Separate Science course.

A-Level Biology

How does Biology prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?  

GCSE Biology leads into A-Level Biology

Students that study A-Level Biology can progress to an undergraduate degree in several disciplines within Biology.

Biology graduates can enter fields such as:

  • Arboricultural officer -Arboricultural officers maintain and manage trees for local councils or arboricultural contractors.

  • Astronaut -Astronauts fly spacecraft or work as part of the crew.

  • Biologist -Biologists study plants and animals and the way they live.

  • Botanist -Botanists study all forms of plant life and have many different job roles in lots of areas.

  • Dentist -Diagnose and treat teeth and mouth problems, work to prevent dental disease, and promote oral health.

  • Geoscientist -Geoscientists study the structure of the  - Earth and how it was formed over time.

  • Homeopath -Homeopaths create natural remedies to try and stimulate the body’s healing process.

  • Landscape architect -Landscape architects plan, design, create and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

  • Oceanographer -Oceanographers use knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and geology to study seas and oceans.

  • Osteopath -Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals recognised by the NHS.

  • Pathologist -Pathologists diagnose disease by examining cells, tissue samples, and sometimes performing autopsies

  • Psychiatrist -Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.

  • Surgeon -Surgeons carry out operations and medical procedures on patients.

  • Zoologist -Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews