Head of Department - Miss J Gidman, M.A.
The Geography Department is dynamic, creative and highly successful. All pupils learn how to become detectives – discovering and exploring the world around them. Throughout Key Stage 3, GCSE and ‘A’ Level, pupils study how our world has changed from the past to the present and how it may change in the future. This is achieved through the study of a range of topics including: Wild Weather, Risky World, Health and Disease, Globalisation of Sport and Fashion, and the Frozen Planet. Learning and teaching is pupil-centred and involves a wide range of activities from independent learning to group activities including lots of role plays and debates.
Geography at Advanced Level in the Sixth Form is a successful option. The department also offers a BTEC course in Travel and Tourism at Key Stage 4.
A diverse range of exciting fieldwork opportunities that support and enhance the curriculum is offered, including residential visits. Year 12 pupils spend four days on the Dorset coast preparing for their Geographical Investigations examination. Year 7 pupils compare a village in Surrey to Hounslow and Year 8 pupils visit the South Coast to explore this ever-changing battlefront. Pupils in Year 10 visit nearby Windsor to investigate issues surrounding tourism. Extra-curricular activities include regular Geography ICT clubs, Geography Homework Support Clubs, and a Worldwise week.