“Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world’s current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them”.
As a department, we support the sentiments of Michael Palin CBE, former President of the Royal Geographical Society. We hope that this comes across in all we do.
Geography is taught by three subject specialists whose particular interest areas cover development issues, the impacts of tourism, glaciation and cartography. We are all keen travellers, usually found walking, cycling, skiing and generally immersing ourselves in the environment when not at Oxford High School.
We use an enquiry-led approach to our work and believe that good geographers should be asking questions and looking for explanations. Practical investigations play a vital part in teaching and learning and every year group has a structured programme of field and project work. We aim to provide inspiring and stimulating lessons that challenge students’ perceptions of the world around us.
All girls take Geography in Years 7 to 9 as part of our Key Stage 3 programme of study. In Year 7 there is an emphasis on local and UK examples, in Year 8 a European slant and in Year 9 a more global angle to the units.
Geography is a popular choice at GCSE and we currently follow the AQA Geography syllabus. Fieldwork is an important component of the course and has been based on local Oxford issues in recent years and includes both Physical and Human Geography investigations. A Level Geography is a popular choice with many continuing their studies to degree level. There are strong links to other subject areas, including Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Economics and plenty of enrichment opportunities including Geographical Association lectures, quizzes and competitions. Teachers and students regularly head off on expeditions and trips to Iceland and Borneo for example.