The Biology department has an excellent history of examination results, in 2017 over 89% of the Year 11 students gained A*’s and A's. In 2019, 92% of students achieved grade 7 -9 with 59% being awarded the top grade. At A level, 49% of students achieved an A* or A in 2019. A high number of students choose to continue Biology at GCE and many of these go on to successfully study a Biology related degree, including a healthy number of medical students. Presently there are six specialist full-time teachers of Biology in the department who are assisted by a dedicated Biology technician and an assistant.
The department aims to produce students who are passionate Biologists with a natural curiosity and livelong interest in Biology.
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
A good teacher’s enjoyment of their subject shines through and stimulates students’ interest within and beyond the classroom. They have high expectations and engage all their students with energetic, creative and challenging lessons. They also have excellent subject knowledge and stay abreast of developments in their field which they use to inspire their students.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
An understanding, appreciation and love of all things biological. An ability to consider problems from every angle. We want our students to be empathetic, balanced, creative and individual.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
Strong relationships and mutual respect between all members of the school community. A friendly, welcoming environment and calm atmosphere. Above all the students and staff have a sense of belonging. Academic standards are high but whole-child development is paramount.
Who or what inspires you?
Mr J Bailey – Alfred Wallace and Brian Clough.
Mrs A Romans - Sir David Attenborough, Jacques Cousteau and my father.
Mr M Woolley – Sir Ian Botham and Sir David Attenborough
Miss R Dibble - Sir David Attenborough, the Queen, Donnie Burns and Mountains
Mr J Newman - Steve Nash, Ryen Russillo and Craig Venter
Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.
Mr J Bailey – If I weren't a teacher, I would love to work in Kew Gardens.
Mrs A Romans – I worked in Wisley Gardens growing chrysanthemums and I have jumped out of a helicopter from 7,000ft in the dark!
Mr M Woolley – My favourite holiday was spent with mountain gorillas.
Mrs T Sopaul – I have kayaked over Lake Bunyoni, which according to David Attenborough is the least explored lake in the world.
Miss R. Dibble - I have been member of the Queen’s honour guard at the Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph in London. Half the cast of EastEnders own one of the kittens I bred when I lived in the UK.
Mr J Newman - I share a birthday with my sister but we're not twins!