“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”
- David Attenborough
Why Study Geography?
Geography at King’s Collge is taught using contemporary methods of instruction and delivery. The department has adopted the EDEXCEL B specification to GCSE and the EDEXCEL specification at A level. Both adopt an enquiry approach to the teaching of geography and this approach equips pupils with the knowledge and skills of investigation, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication. As a result, pupils are equipped to foster attitudes that will assist them to participate as active and informed citizens in our global society, and to appreciate and apply the concept of sustainability.
Pupils studying geography at King’s are encouraged whenever possible to apply their classroom knowledge to the real-world. Recently pupils have visited Iceland, studied coastal features and management in Minehead and Porlock, and looked at regeneration and urban change in Taunton and Exeter. The Third Form regularly attend field study days at the Field Studies Centre in Nettlecombe Court which fully prepares them for their future geographical studies.
Russell Group universities have recognised A level geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating subjects’ which supports an application into a wide range of undergraduate courses.
The Wegener Society is the geography society and is named after the famous German meteorologist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener. During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar research, but today he is most remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift.
The newly founded society held its inaugural meeting in 2015 and meetings consist of guest university lecturers and representatives from the Royal Geographical Society, quiz evenings and film nights. The society also fundraises for charities such as 'Toilet Twinning' and is run by the Sixth Form President and Vice President. Last year we were lucky to have Polar meteorologist and explorer Felicity Aston talk to the group on being the first woman to ski across Antarctica, as well as BBC presenter Simon Reeve, who spoke about his current adventures in the Mediterranean.
There is no escaping that geography is the subject of our times and with its relevance to a wide variety of subjects, it is has long been a popular choice at King’s.
Andrew studied at Aberystwyth and joins us from Llandovery College, where he was also the Head of Department. When not in the classroom or out on field trips, Andrew coaches rugby and competes in international triathlons.
Jonty graduated with a BA and PGCE from Birmingham University in 1996. He has taught at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand, Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and most recently at The Cheltenham Ladies College.
Abi has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a PGCE from Bristol University. Her areas of interest include world development and cultural geography, and enjoys teaching about natural hazards.
Emily is currently studying for her PGCE and has taken over from Christina French. Emily will also take over running our popular King's Sustainability Strategy (KSS) project on Monday afternoons.