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Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences. It provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.

(Royal Geographical Society)

“Learning through geography” is something which is highly valued by our young learners at The Beacon.  In geography, we study many topics and all of these help our young learners to understand the complex interaction between people and the environment. Many find the practical component of the subject to be most valuable, especially those who struggle to access the traditional core curriculum. In order to facilitate this, we have planned and carried out a large number of enriching trips in recent years.

Geography plays a very important role in the general development of our young learners but fieldwork is also a compulsory (over 20%) part of most Year 8 entrance exams, including Merchant Taylors' and Common Entrance. 

Research on the outcomes of residential experience has pointed out not just the social benefits of spending time working together, but also the added benefit of the development of cognitive and affective learning. There is also a chance to demonstrate progression of skills, and the development of participants as ‘geographers’.

(Geographical Association)

A number of pupils have also achieved scholarships in geography.

Whether it is academic excellence, or simply an understanding of the world in which we live, geography offers a myriad of opportunities for young learners and we are a very busy department!

Rebecca Barkham
Head of Geography
Director of Studies