Leadership for a better world

Geography Department

In the Geography department students are encouraged to question, investigate and think critically about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, today and in the future. Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. The department staff members have a range of personal interests from Physical Geography of glacial environments to Human Geography of overcoming poverty, and all matters in between.

Curriculum Information

Prep School (Years 6-8)
The Prep School curriculum is wide-ranging and topical and Geography is brought to life at a range of scales from global to local. In Year 6 students begin by creating a globe to develop their awareness of the continents and oceans. In Years 7 and 8 topics include tectonic hazards, development and dynamic cities.

Students develop map skills and public speaking skills and begin to evaluate the significance of a range of factors. They are also introduced to digital mapping websites such as ArcGIS software.

Senior School (Years 9-11)
As students move into the Senior School the Geography curriculum is designed to reflect current examination board practice, to build on prior skills acquired, and to appeal to Harrow’s international outlook. Year 9 students are given increasing responsibility to use web resources to support their learning. Collaborative learning features highly in the course, for example in an Olympic host city bidding activity. In Years 10 and 11 the Edexcel IGCSE course is undertaken. This course challenges students to make judgements about how decision makers can lead societies through many of the challenges faced at this critical time in the Earth’s history

Sixth Form (Years 12-13)
The Sixth Form students prepare for the Edexcel International A-level in Geography. At AS-level geographers are encouraged to reflect upon the causes of and solutions to conflict in areas such as the world’s crowded coastlines. The geography of risk is also taught through an analysis of natural hazards and climate change. Year 12 also requires students to consider the characteristics of good fieldwork technique through visits to coastal and urban environments. At A2-level students are taught to evaluate a range of modern challenges such as achieving energy security and overcoming water shortages. Report writing skills are also developed through the study of tectonic hazards to vulnerable populations.

Outside the Classroom

The Geography department firmly subscribes to the view that this subject is at its best when studied outside the classroom. Fieldtrips include a Year 7 visit to see urban regeneration around Victoria Harbour in the centre of Hong Kong, a Year 10 full day trip along the coast and around the islets of Sai Kung to practice fieldwork techniques and gain a deeper understanding of geographical landscapes and a Year 11 trip conducting urban data collection in central Hong Kong.  

Head of Department: Miss F. Cook