The NLCS Geography Department, using an enquiring approach to teaching and learning, aims to develop a ‘sense of place’ and an awareness and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development. We agree with Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society, who has said: Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?

Ourspecific aims include:

  • To actively engage students in the process of geography, developing them as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and an appreciation of the relevance of these concepts to our changing world
  • To develop an appreciation of the differences and similarities between people’s views, environments, societies and cultures
  • To further students’ understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens and of the ways in which they can contribute to a future that is sustainable
  • To enable students to develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning
  • To enable students to use a range of geographical and ICT skills

In the Middle School, we use a dynamic approach to introduce students to all three aspects of geography (physical, human and environmental). For girls continuing to study geography in the Upper School, we look at a range of topics in the three aspects of geography, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between human activity and the environment. All girls take part in a four-day field-course in Normandy. In the Sixth Form, girls have the choice of either A Levels or IB. Pursuing either course leaves the student well prepared for further study of geography or allied courses in university.

The Geography Department has a vital and exciting programme of trips and extracurricular activities. In addition to a Geography Senior Society, the department helps run the Sociology Senior Society. We have trips across London, Britain and Europe. Additional trips (usually in the October half term) are open to students tin Year 10-12. Recent trips have been to Nepal, Morocco, Jordan and Iceland. We also run exciting events closer to home: Brazil Day, Fair Trade Day, Geography Quizzes; conferences and lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.

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