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

Geography trips 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 students 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 student 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 student feel ‘guilty’ for global inequalities.


Year 7 to 9

Geography is a compulsory subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 where we teach both skills and specific content broadly in line with the National Curriculum. We also teach additional key skills and content which may be relevant preparation for GCSE and A level exams in later years.

Year 10 to 11

A large proportion of the year group opt to study GCSE Geography (AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in Geography (IGCSE) where the 60-70 students are taught in either three or four sets.

Trips, activities and clubs

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 students to be responsible for their own learning

Destinations include:

  • Lower School – students conduct fieldwork in the school grounds as well as visiting London Docklands and the Dorset Jurassic Coast.
  • GCSE – the department has led a number of overseas trips. Students have visited Southern Spain and Sicily to study tourism and environmental issues.

The Geography Department also runs ‘Eco-Eltham’, an environmental awareness group for students in Years 7 to 10. ‘Eco-Eltham’ have led assemblies and built their own greenhouse on the school site using recycled plastic bottles.


  • Mr D Cotterill BSc (Head of Geography)
  • Mr P Angel MA BSc NPQSL (Deputy Head of Sixth Form)
  • Mr A Beattie MA (part time)
  • Mr J Chesterton BSc (Deputy Head of Middle School)
  • Mr N Morris BA
  • Miss K Richard BSc
  • Mr J Willatt BSc (Assistant Head and Head of Co-Curricular)