The Geography Department is a popular department within the school and consists of two dedicated teaching rooms as well as a resources centre and office. There are four Teachers of Geography, two full time and two part time. Classrooms are fully equipped with multimedia technology and the department has access to the Ordnance Survey’s digimap service. Fieldwork remains a core emphasis of the department and most year groups are involved in such research.
The first year complete a study considering natural hazards at the Natural History Museum as well as exploring future energy sources in the Science Museum. Third year students learn the basics of GIS and data recording whilst undertaking a Microclimate study around the school grounds. At iGCSE the students undertake a decision making and skills paper and field work is undertaken in support of this usually on the South Coast at Studland Bay. The 6th form undertake a study on the River Pang, in Berkshire as well as a study day on coasts between Lulworth Cove and Hurst Castle Spit on the South Coast. At A2 pupils undertake a decision making exercise. In the past, overseas trips have included Morocco and Iceland and there are plans afoot for another Iceland trip next year. The department is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and this link is used regularly with access online to various materials and lectures as well as AS and A2 visits and study days. Pupils subscribe to a variety of geographical publications and many pursue the subject beyond school at University. Recent visits have involved debates on climate change and population growth as well as lectures on 21st century challenges and the Chinese growing influence in Africa. All students learning is supported by a dedicated department virtual learning environment, VLE which gives pupils course specific links, extension and support materials.
Head of Geography