The aim of the Geography Department is to stimulate an interest and sense of wonder about places. We want our students to be able to make sense of the complex and dynamic world they live in. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment. The students will explore a variety of issues at a variety of scales, from local to global and will consider impacts in both the short and long term future. Geographers will develop a wide range of skills. They will learn to ask questions, investigate issues and think critically. Students will use a wide range of data and will learn to read, process and create maps, graphs, visual images, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). They will also develop decision-making skills in order to be able to justify their own opinions and the opinions of different groups of people.
Key Stage 3
Students study a range of topics throughout KS3 as a basis for KS4 study. They have physical and human modules with different elements including; map skills, tectonics, rivers, population, coasts, globalisation. This builds the foundation for the topics and skills students need at KS4.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE we study the Edexcel B specification. This has multiple modules which include geography at a national and international scale. Topics include development, physical and human geography of the UK and an element of fieldwork that is tested in the exam. We take the students on two small fieldtrips throughout their GCSE study, one to the River Tillingbourne and the other to Guildford. The geography department also offers a residential trip to Swanage as an extra-curricular activity.