Well done to all our A2 and AS Biologists

The Biology Department are incredibly proud of the efforts you have all made over a very long year. It was a privilege and a joy to see many of you opening your results earlier today.

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Completed A2 Biologists good luck on your next endeavours and we wish you every success  in all that you do. Please let the Biology department know how you get on.

Upcoming A2 Biologists we are looking forwards to helping with all with the demands and challenges of the A2 course.

Upcoming AS Biologists congratulations on choosing Biology and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

NOW ensure you all enjoy what is left of the summer holidays.

The possibility of Iceland 2016.

Provisional planning for Iceland is now in motion for our current Year 12 and incoming sixth form in September. Initially we are looking to depart Monday, 25th July 2016. Our previous visit was hugely popular, successful and all had an awesome time.

Iceland 1

Iceland 2

If we get the numbers (a minimum of 20 students) then Iceland 2016 will happen. Initial costing of the trip will be £1200 approximately this will give you a year to spread the cost (e.g. £100 a month). We will need to collect deposits in September of £250 so the booking can commence.

If you have any questions or are very keen on going then please see Mr Moore in the Science Department or email lee.moore@gryphon.dorest.sch.uk.

In Recognition of Rosalind Franklin #internationalwomensday

Today is International Women’s Day, to commemorate this GryphonScience would like to remind you of the awesome work of Rosalind Franklin.



Born in 1920, Franklin is now recognised as one of the scientists whose work led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Everyone who has recently studied GCSE Biology should now be aware of who she is, but not everyone is aware of the following facts:

  • Rosalind Franklin won a scholarship when she left school at 18, the money awarded she gave to refugee students.
  • Franklin was a chemist who worked with X-Ray crystallography and as well as her work on DNA, Franklin contributed to the understanding of the molecular structure of RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
  • Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged just 37.
  • 4 years after her death Crick, Watson and Wilkins were awarded a Nobel Prize and omitted Franklin from their acceptance speech.
  • Franklin asked to be referred to as Rosalind in James Watson’s book “The Double Helix” but he chose to call her Rosy, a name she was known to dislike.

Find out more about Rosalind Franklin here.

Find out more about International Women’s Day here

“We can do science, and with it, we can improve our lives…” Carl Sagan

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