Geography

In Geography we strive to develop in our pupils a passion for our very diverse and amazing planet and equip them with the skills required to understand the complex interactions between people and the environment. 

Through teaching in both the classroom and in the field, we aim for our pupils to become responsible global citizens who think critically and empathetically about issues from climate change to globalisation, from regeneration to coastal management. Whether studying our local geography of London, debating how we can achieve energy security or walking on a glacier in Iceland, pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive independent learners who think as geographers.

Throughout the pupils’ time in the Department, a broad range of topics are covered introducing students to key areas of both physical and human geography. From the geography of rocks to which country will be the next superpower, lessons are planned to be challenging and fun, and draw on the latest resources and technology.  Whether it’s mapping and presenting data, using images and digital maps to find out what a place is like or reading a broad range of texts, pupils develop diverse skills which enable them to engage with world issues. Fieldwork is an integral part of the subject and all pupils have the opportunity to go on at least one fieldtrip a year where the emphasis is on the development of analytical skills. Geography is a popular option at GCSE and A level where contemporary topics are explored, such as the urban challenges facing London and Mexico City at GCSE, and water security at A level. As pupils often say, Geography helps them to understand their world.

Beyond the classroom, there are many opportunities for pupils to widen their geographical horizons. Popular biennial overseas trips to Iceland and Switzerland enable pupils to experience different environments. In addition, there are opportunities to attend lectures held at Alleyn’s, other local schools and at the Royal Geographical Society in London.  A student-led Lower School Geography Club organises popular quizzes and all pupils in the Middle and Upper School have the opportunity to volunteer for Missing Maps, mapping places in the world which need maps for humanitarian purposes.

"Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that? "

Michael Palin

Pupils pose in front of a spurting geysir on a trip to Iceland

Alleyn's boys and girls stand in a stream during a geography field trip