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City of London

School for girls

Geography  is an essential subject in the modern world. It is concerned with the understanding and functioning of the physical and human environments within the world while exploring our relationship to them.

It is through studying these ideas that the world around us can be better understood and appreciated.


Studying Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops a knowledge of places and environments. It is a dynamic and every changing subject frequently making the headlines in the newspapers and other journals, in a variety of ways. The department aims to develop a range of different skills with students. They are asked to question ideas and evaluate information, which can lead to heated debates. Modern technology is used to help illustrate ideas and examples, as well as traditional forms of teaching which enable a firm grounding in the basic principles of the subject. We are always exploring the impact of actions on things like climate change as well as investigating the issues related to geographical hazards. Teaching takes place within the classroom and outside as a variety of field trips are experienced at all levels of study.


YEARS 7 - 9

From year 7 - 9 girls study natural geographic concepts such as map reading, earth movements, climate change, water, landforms and geology as well as topics involving human geography such as settlement and shopping, resources and environmental issues, population distribution and changes, global patterns of inequality and development within countries. They also have the opportunity to work outside the classroom for example year 9 undertake a day investigating the characteristics of a river and how these change downstream.

YEARS 10 and 11

During Years 10 and 11 girls investigate the interaction of people and environments, exploring the opportunities and constraints that face people in different places as well as the importance of sustainable development. Students develop an understanding of globalisation and gain an appreciation of the dynamic nature of government by studying the constant changes that lead to different geographical patterns. The students are allowed the opportunity for personalised and independent learning as well as developing a clear overview of the world in the first part of the 21st Century. Field work is undertaken to collect data for two questions which need to be explored as part of the examination requirements.


Geography is concerned with understanding the nature and functioning of the physical and human environments within the world, while exploring our relationships to them. It offers an appreciation of the environment and the impact of people upon their surroundings. The course develops an awareness of some of the greatest challenges facing our world today; from climate change and natural disasters to migration and globalisation.


GCSE: AQA, Syllabus A

A Level: Edexcel


  • Joint Geography and History trip where river research is undertaken in Shropshire – year 9
  • A full day to Eastbourne to investigate how effective the coastal defences are – year 11
  • A full day visit to Spitalfields, London investigating the rebranding of an area  year 11
  • Slapton Ley Devon -Year 12 - investigating the rural and plant succession in a coastal location as well as exploring the impact of coastal defences on the erosion of a stretch of coastline. This is a 3 day trip
  • Day trip to East Village to collect data for coursework – year 13
  • Joint geography and classics trip to Italy to look at Vesuvius and Solfatara as volcanic regions as well as Herculaneum and Pompeii again. Impact of volcanic activity on an area. Years 7 and 8
  • Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 trip to Iceland.

"Geography relates to so many different subjects and brings them all together." Vivien    

Head of department: Miss A Moore