Our Geography department has enormous success in the IB diploma. Our students do exceptionally well, with almost 90% of our students gaining the highest grades of level 6 and 7 over the past 5 years. In the IB diploma almost 90% of our students have gained the highest grades of level 6 and 7 over the past 5 years.

The IB geography course offers students insight into a range of highly topical issues of relevance to our modern world. The core themes include studying population changes in different countries, migration issues, global development differences and a range of environmental issues such as climatic change and threats to our biosphere. Optional topics let us explore themes such as our use of global freshwater resources and managing tectonic hazards.

The course involves a residential field trip within the UK to give students hands-on practical experience of conducting research. Recently these trips have included studying flood risk mapping, using sophisticated GIS mapping techniques to process our field data. We also have looked at urban regeneration projects in order to examine their success.

Delivering the course is a team of specialist, award-winning, teachers. Raphael Heath, our Head of Geography was presented with a Pearson National Teaching award in October 2016 and the Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Secondary Education by the Royal Geographical Society in June 2015. We are recognised as a Centre of Excellence in GIS (computer mapping) Education and are a Geographical Association Centre of Excellence Department. Our staff have published educational resources hosted on the Geographical Association and Royal Geographical Society websites, have had articles published about our excellent work in teaching in leading magazines and journals, have spoken at national and international education conferences and run training for other teachers around the country.

We are specialists in the use of digital technology to enhance student’s learning. Students routinely use laptops in lessons so that they can access stimulating and complex information to develop their understanding of topics. Our learning materials are all hosted online allowing students and parents to return to the topics at any time and to help with their revision.

We have run numerous foreign field trips to Iceland, Italy and Morocco over the past few years. These are fantastic experiences for our students to study some unusual geography up close. They get to experience new cultures and also landscapes which are very different to those in the UK. In Iceland we look at the volcanic features and get to hike on glaciers. 

The IB geography course offers students insight into a range of highly topical issues of relevance to our modern world. The core themes include studying population changes in different countries, migration issues, global development differences and a range of environmental issues such as climatic change and threats to our biosphere. Optional topics let us explore themes such as our use of global freshwater resources and managing tectonic hazards. Like the A Level course, the IB involves a fieldtrip within the UK to give students hands-on practical experience of conducting research and to support them in writing up their coursework

We also run a sixth form Geography Society where students can explore geographical issues beyond the curriculum. We prepare students for applications to university and for Oxbridge interviews and give students the opportunity to enter national competitions. We have great success in these - in the last few years our students have won the Trinity College Cambridge essay prize, the Royal Geographical Society Young Geography of the Year, The Geographical Association Post 16 competition, a bronze medal at the International Geographical Olympiad, and GDST Geography competition.

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