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West Buckland still welcomes new enquiries for 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school is currently  implementing a comprehensive online academic programme for all of our students, using Microsoft Teams. Our aim is to continue to provide  this until such time as we are able to open again.

Our Admissions office is still open for enquiries for September 2020 and beyond.

The school will continue to support the North Devon community through provision of PPE and practical help, as long as it is needed.

Across the entire school, we have been using various techniques in Biology to investigate various plant and animal matter. Here are some examples of what we’ve been up to:

Year 7 investigates what an owl has for lunch!

Year 7 have been dissecting owl pellets to discover what an owl likes to eat. They saved their findings onto paper and identified body parts such as the jaw of a shrew.

Fish gills and plucks

Year 12 biologists dissected fish gills and a pluck, which is the heart, lungs and trachea.

 

 

Prep 6 grow bacteria from what lurks in their pencil cases!

Prep 6 paid a visit to the Biology lab to take part in a microbiology experiment. They were fascinated and horrified to discover what bacteria was lurking in their own pencil cases.

 

 

 

Genetically-modified E.coli

Last week, year 13 biologists spent time inserting a pGLO gene from jellyfish into E.coli bacteria. The picture shows the genetically modified bacterial colonies and a control plate which didn’t take up the gene. The gene is for green fluorescent protein (GFP) which glows under UV light.