illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future, what
could be more important than that!” - Michael Palin CBE
Geography is an
integral subject in today's world. It seeks to make sense of the physical and
human world that we are all born into. As we learn more about our planet, we
also learn more about ourselves and how we are the ones who are responsible for
it. Geographers learn vital skills that make them some of the most employable
undergraduates in the country. Pupils at Surbiton High School are taught Geography
using modern teaching styles that allow pupils to think independently.
At Key Stage 3, we
aim to inspire a love of Geography in the classroom. The programme of study
allows pupils to gain a deep appreciation of modern and traditional
geographies. For example, in Year 7 pupils learn vital map work skills and
then in Year 8 the pupils learn about the Geography of Crime. A balance of Human and Physical Geography is
For GCSE, we study
the AQA A Specification. This allows pupils to learn about Plate Tectonics,
Rivers, Coasts, Population, Urbanisation and Tourism in depth. Alongside the
Human and Physical Exam, pupils also undertake a Controlled Assessment, which
is usually a river based project.
In the Sixth Form,
pupils follow the Edexcel Specification. This modern and dynamic course allows
pupils at AS level to learn about Hazards, Globalisation, Coasts and
Rebranding. At A2 level, pupils then study Biodiversity, Water Conflicts,
Technological Fix, Energy Security, Development and Superpower Geographies. Alongside
this, a research exam on the topic of Food Insecurity is also studied at A2 level.
Fieldtrips are a
vital part of Geography, as they allow pupils to see the theory in reality in
the world around them. During Key Stage 3 and 4, each year group has a day
field trip. These include locations such as Keyhaven Spit, Cuckmere Haven and
the Living Rainforest. At A-level, girls go on a field trip for four days to
South Devon, where they study Coasts and Rebranding.
Within the department there is an A-level Geography
Society as well as a Year 9 Masterclass. Regular Key Stage 3 and 4 clinics are
also offered for girls. There are regular lectures at the Wimbledon branch of
the Geographical Association, which are attended by A-level Geographers.