Geography provides pupils with the opportunity to develop a variety of transferable skills whilst studying the dynamic environment in which we live. Through geography, pupils learn about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment, all increasingly important areas in our changing world..
Our curriculum is contemporary, covering topics such as crime, climate change, globalisation and hazards at Key Stage 3. We aim to create ‘thinking geographers’, and this aim is developed at GCSE and A-Level, where we study important issues linked to coastal management, river flooding, world conflicts and development.
Our extensive school grounds provide us with excellent field work sites and allow us to host an on-site orienteering course. All year groups participate in at least one field trip a year, including: caving on the Mendips; visiting Europe’s largest quarry; coastal protection on the south coast or a river study on the Quantocks. Our residential courses allow pupils to explore and to develop fieldwork and team working skills.
The geography department prides itself in its use of technology to enhance learning and develop key skills for the future. iPads are used regularly in lessons to engage our pupils. In our computer suite, pupils develop the analytical, research and communication skills needed for university and beyond. Our automated weather station and iPad sensors allow pupils to capture environmental data and analyse their local environment.