|Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.
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.
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 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
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’.
The department has its own ICT suite, shares three well-equipped classrooms with interactive whiteboards and is staffed by: