Geography is a spatial and temporal study of patterns, trends and issues. At its core is an understanding and knowledge of place: physical features, climates, vegetation, soils, populations and settlements. It is both a science and social science which focuses upon the relationship between man and the environment.
Through this it contributes widely to educating pupils in concepts of sustainability, citizenship and global interdependence.
During the Fourth and Fifth Forms, we follow the IGCSE course which offers a vigorous and varied curriculum with a balance between human and physical aspects and allows the theory to be discussed in real life contexts through case study examplars.
Sixth Form pupils follow the OCR A level syllabus. The study of Dryland Landscapes, Earth's Life Support Systems, Global Migration, Oceans, Disease and Power and Borders are just some of the fascinating and complex topics that pupils study.
Fieldwork is fundamental to the subject, and all pupils from First Form to the Sixth Form go on curriculum-based residential or day field trips involving map skills, local river studies, coastal exploration or local urban studies. We also offer opportunities further afield, with a trip to Bulgaria planned for Michaelmas 2017 and trips to both Iceland and Costa Rica in 2018.
Our aim is that pupils finish the course with a love of the subject along with a solid grounding in foundational aspects of geography linked with key issues affecting the world today.
Outside of the classroom, we have regular meetings of the Geography Society, gearing talks to both junior and senior members. Speakers for 2016-17 included Sarah Outen who has travelled 'London 2 London via the World', Sylvia Knight, Head of Education at the Royal Meteorological Society, and Martin Degg an expert in the field of geomorphological hazards. Third Form participate annually in Cambridge GA’s Worldwise Quiz, and all years have the opportunity to compete in the Royal Geographical Societies, ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ competition. For two year’s running our pupils have been recognised in the Geographical Association’s Physical Geography photography competition. We also run a popular Geography Forum for the Sixth Form, affording the opportunity for L6th pupils to research and present on a topic of their choice, followed by discussion.
Mrs MT Chapman
Head of Department