Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?

- Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society

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. Our specific 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


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. We organise trips across in the UK and overseas. Recent trips have been to Nepal, Morocco, Croatia 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.