Geography
Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.
Michael Palin

The Geography Department aims to stimulate within pupils an interest in their surroundings and to develop further their awe and wonder of the natural and human environment.

  • Geography Trip

    Topics covered aim to explore the variety of landscapes on the Earth’s surface and discuss with the students the opportunities and constraints for human beings.

  • We want to make pupils aware of the quality of the environment in which they live and the positive and negative consequences of a wide variety of human actions upon it.

  • We endeavour to develop in each pupil an awareness of how their actions can impact upon both the environment and other human beings around them.

  • We aim to develop their understanding of their responsibilities for the management of the planet, without seeking to make any pupil feel ‘guilty’ for global inequalities.

Geography is a popular Sixth Form subject with both incoming girls and existing boys. At A level the AQA Specification is used.

Results and Destinations

The department’s results are among the best in the school. A highlight was the 2012 results when the 26 A2 students achieved 77% A* grades. Recent university destinations include Oxford, Bristol, Durham, Exeter and Leeds.

Fieldwork 

Fieldwork forms an integral part of the Geography taught at Eltham College:

  • providing opportunities to learn through direct experiences

  • increasing interest through interaction with the environment

  • encouraging pupils to be responsible for their own learning

Destinations include:

  • A level - Fieldwork is performed on the River Tillingbourne in Surrey and also investigate gentrification in Brockley. Sixth formers studying Geography will also have the chance to visit Iceland for six days; this trip runs every two years and is the department’s most awe-inspiring fieldwork destination.

Clubs and Societies

The department runs an active Geography Society for Sixth Formers and prospective A level pupils. Events have included Exam Technique workshop sessions, watching and discussing documentaries such as the controversial film ‘Darfur Now’ and fun activities such as the famous ‘Trade Game’.

Staff

The department has its own ICT suite, shares three well-equipped classrooms with interactive whiteboards and is staffed by: