Geography is never far from the headlines! Depletion of ocean resources, natural disasters, climate change and international development all fall under the geographer’s umbrella. Geography is a dynamic subject that seeks to understand and explain the varied patterns presented by the world around us.
The department aims to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills that enable them to understand and contribute to the world in which they live, and to make learning an enjoyable experience.
Geography in the Prep School
In the Prep School, pupils study a range of topics, skills and places, such as Brazil, farming, the geography of sport, rivers, coasts and environmental issues and mapskills. Pupils have the opportunity to attend a variety of fieldtrips, including a daytrip to Rushall Farm in Berkshire, Brighton and Richmond Park.
In the 11s and 12s, pupils are prepared for Common Entrance, which includes a comprehensive piece of coursework completed using data from the Richmond Park trip.
Geography in the Senior School
In the Senior School, we aim to expose students to contemporary issues such as oceanography, biodiversity loss, development and globalisation. We also aim to develop students’ ability to work independently. At GCSE, we follow the AQA A specification. This includes a controlled assessment, which is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade, and is based on data collected in the field. We aim to offer a residential trip to all students taking GCSE Geography.
Geography at Advanced Level
We follow the AQA A level specification. This includes the following topics at AS: Rivers and flood management, hot deserts and their margins, population and health. Students also sit a skills paper, which examines work carried out in the field. There is no coursework.
At A2, we study world cities, contemporary conflicts, challenges and plate tectonics. Students also sit an Issue Analysis Paper, which does not require coursework, but examines the student’s ability to synthesise information, identify issues and make clear, well considered decisions. A variety of trips are offered to complement the course content at both AS & A2 and we encourage students to attend lectures held by the Geographical Association (GA) in Wimbledon and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).