The geography department aims to inspire pupils to engage with the world around them. Pupils investigate geographical issues and themes in a wide variety of creative ways including the latest digital mapping and geographical information systems. Through excellent teaching and learning pupils are helped to make sense of complex and interconnected global issues.
Geography is a popular option at GCSE with seventy percent of the current Year 9 cohort choosing it. They gain an iGCSE qualification awarded by Cambridge International Examinations whilst at A level our chosen exam board is Edexcel.Throughout their studies pupils' learning is extended through fieldwork to various physical and human environments. Opportunities are also given for pupils to attend geographical lectures in Oxford on a variety of topics which are organised by the local Geographical Association.
Geography is one of a cluster of facilitating A level subjects valued by Russell Group universities as it encourages ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable. Sixty percent of the 2016 A level cohort continued to study geography at universities including Exeter, Sheffield and University of the West of England.
The department has one full time and two part time members of staff who are graduates of Durham, QMUL and Reading and their interests include drainage basin hydrology, meteorology, climate change, geology as well as sovereignty, migration and geopolitics.