Geography

Geography

Geography combines an understanding of the dynamics of landscape and the environment with the human context – cultures, societies and economies.

Study encourages an understanding of places and communities, and the differences and connections between them; the natural environment and pressures upon it; and how the world is changing, the human actions contributing to those changes, and our choices for the future. Geography relates well to other fields of knowledge, and is an education for living as well as an academic discipline.

The Geography Department offers an exceptional breadth of subject expertise and opportunity. Our specialists teach throughout the school, and we offer an ambitious programme of fieldwork that few other schools can match. Pupils studying Geography become confident researchers, statisticians, analysts and writers, independent learners and team players. Time spent outdoors sees them transform their theoretical knowledge into a love of landscape, with classroom work spent in creative learning at all stages – cementing knowledge and developing problem-solving skills.

Expert speakers, such as Fiona Gooch from Fairtrade and Jay Mistri form Royal Holloway’s Department of Environmental Management, visit us in person or through interactive TV to inspire our young geographers and widen their horizons for life beyond school.

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Each key stage is accompanied by fieldwork opportunities including residential trips to the Lake District.

Uptake and exam results at GCSE and A-level are consistently strong, with 70% of the 2018 GCSE cohort achieving grade 7 or above, and 30% achieving grade 9. 100% of our students passed at A-level.

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The St Edmunds Geography Department is open to all, and the Geography Society runs activities throughout the school year: international field trips, monitoring programmes, competitions and global awareness events, and the John Muir environmental award in collaboration with the Outdoor Education Department.

Pupil Voice

"Geography is really important because it shows how and why things happen. We can use it to help us manage the planet and tackle large scale problems. I like studying Geography because it has a bit of everything in it: a mixture of Politics, Science, Maths. It feels relevant to everything. I can explain everything with Geography." Josh Cowham, Lower Sixth

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