Geography is taught to all girls in Years 7, 8 and 9. It is then an option at both GCSE and A Level.

In Years 7 to 9, the girls explore topics such as the India, Antarctica and oceans. We make use of our beautiful grounds to complete fieldwork during lessons, exploring microclimates and parks. The girls also go on an annual field trip.

GCSE & A-Level

At GCSE, pupils follow the Edexcel A course, which covers both physical and human geography. Physical geography includes the study of coastal and river landscapes, weather hazards and climate change, and ecosystems. The course also involves a field trip to Margam Park where the girls complete a rivers study as part of their Investigations unit. Human geography looks at topics such as cities, global development, and resource management, and involves a field trip to Bristol that leads to an investigation into inequality in the city.

At A Level, pupils follow the Edexcel course. A variety of topics are studied, including tectonic processes and hazards, coastal landscapes, the water cycle, the carbon cycle and energy security. This leads on to the study of globalisation, superpowers, global development, migration, identity and sovereignty. The course also involves a residential field trip, where the girls complete an independent study of either a human or physical topic of their choice.

Beyond The Classroom

Trips and fieldwork are an essential part of the study of Geography. Year 7 go on a trip to Rushall Farm. Year 8 visit Windsor to investigate the impact of tourism. Year 9 go to Kew Gardens to study tropical ecosystems. As part of their A Level course, pupils must undertake an independent investigation. They design their own methodologies and collect data on a human or physical topic and location of their choice. This work constitutes their non-examined assessment.

Sixth Form girls attend lectures at Eton and the Royal Geographical Society. Our own geographical society, Earth Explorers, offers girls from all years the opportunity to take part in creative activities. We also participate in the WorldWise Quiz and the national Young Geographer of the Year competition.

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