Geography is everywhere and it helps us to understand the complex and dynamic world. In the department we aim to help students to develop an understanding of their position in the world as well as consider their own level of global responsibility. Central to the delivery of the subject is the focus on interdependence and a commitment to encouraging all our students to develop their own opinions and attitudes. In our opinion Geography is one of the most fascinating and interesting subjects that anyone can study. It draws on factual knowledge from both the sciences and the arts, and aims to develop analytical skills of the sciences and the descriptive and interpretative skills of the humanities.
As a department we encourage boys to challenge themselves frequently by participating in a wide variety of activities both in and out of the classroom. Boys studying Geography are regularly involved in preparing and giving presentations, role-plays, personal research projects, group work, debates and discussions, which all help to develop a range of skills and knowledge of local, national and global issues.
Staff Names and Roles
- Dr L Clitheow – Teacher of Geography
- Miss R Walsh – Subject Leader of Geography
- Miss R Pierce – Assistant Headteacher
Useful Websites to support your son’s learning
- Ordnance Survey – A useful website for developing your map skills
- Google Earth – Fun and explore the world around you!
- The Guardian – Useful at GCSE and A Level to keep up to date with global development issues
- BBC Bitesize – Useful to review ideas covered in lessons
Opportunities outside of lessons
The Geography department strongly believes in the importance of learning outside of the classroom and as such we endeavour to give students are range of fieldwork opportunities as they progress through the school.
Year 7 visit the Lickey Hills within their first few weeks at the school, exploring the local environment, developing friendships and practicing their map reading skills. Year 8 explore a range of ecosystems at the Botanical Gardens in the Autumn term. Year 9 have the opportunity to visit Cadbury World, exploring the nature of Cadbury as a multinational company and its global responsibilities.
GCSE Geography sees the boys participate in a residential visit to Nettlecombe Court, Somerset, in the summer of year ten. This is a very enjoyable week for all involved and involves the boys conducting fieldwork into coastal characteristics.
At A Level the boys participate in a residential trip to a post-glacial landscape, either Snowdonia or the Lake District. Year 13 includes a range of day trips whereby the boys plan and complete a variety of fieldwork methods.
In addition to the trips directly linked to the curriculum the department runs a trip to Iceland, as well as engaging in other opportunities available to the students such as university visits and masterclasses.