Geography

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 Middle East, glaciation, 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.

At GCSE, pupils follow the Edexcel A course, which covers both physical and human geography. Physical geography includes the study of glacial and river landscapes, weather hazards and climate change, and biodiversity and management. The course also involves a field trip to Juniper Hall where the girls complete a rivers study as part of their Investigations unit, and we continue to use our own grounds for the study of woodland ecosystems. Human geography looks at topics such as cities, global development, and resource management, and involves a field trip to the Field Studies Council in London’s Docklands. This leads to a personal investigation on a contemporary challenge drawn from one of the areas studied.

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 superpowers, global development, health, human rights and intervention. The course also involves a four-day residential field trip to Portsmouth and the surrounding area, 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 the Henley Rowing and River Museum. Year 8 visit the Earthquake and Volcano exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Year 9 go to the New Forest to undertake a self-generated project on either a human or physical fieldwork topic of their choice. The focus is on developing the girls’ ability to work independently.

Sixth Form girls attend the Institute of Education geography lectures at UCL, and the geographical society, GeogSquad, offers girls from all years the opportunity to take part in competitions, such as WorldWise Quizes and the national Young Geographer of the Year competition.