Geography is an exciting subject at Coombe Girls’ School. Fieldtrips bring our subject to life as we learn about the environment. We travel to the River Cuckmere, Sussex for a Rivers Day, walk along stunning cliffs and footpaths whilst learning about meanders and coastal scenery. Zoo Lab visit every year, with animals from the tropical rainforest that you can touch and hold. Year 11 travel to Dorset to see the Jurassic Coastline, study coastal features at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Finally Year 12 visit Slapton, Devon to study rural villages, cliffs and the River Harbourne.

Meet the Department

Ms C Darney - Head of Geography

Mr R Jones - Assistant Hedteacher, Director of Marketing

Mrs A Reading - Head of Year (Sixth Form)

What to expect in Y7

Geography is an exciting subject that draws upon and links to many different issues and challenges facing the global community. We study local, national and international case studies to bring the subject to life In Year 7 all pupils have a basic introduction to map and atlas skills, including the use of Ordnance Survey maps and investigate the school environment before moving on to the My Journey topic. After an initial induction we sit a base line assessment which is assess geographic skills. We then so an investigation into the school environment that focuses on the quality of the environment and includes some basic data collection. This will give the pupil a sense of place and help them navigate the school in the first term.

What to expect in Y8

The main purpose of Geography in Year 8 is to ensure that pupils gain an insight into the environmental problems that are affecting our world. The year is therefore spent on learning important geographical skills and ideas in relation to problems such as Global Warming, Pollution and Deforestation. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.

Click here to see the Year 8 fieldtrip note book to the River Cuckmere.

What to expect in Y9

The main purpose of Geography in Year 9 is to ensure that students gain an insight into the physical aspects of Geography. The year is therefore spent on learning or enhancing important geographical skills and ideas in relation to both Human and Physical Geography topics such as Rivers, Volcanoes and Development. We build upon the field trip to the River Cuckmere and focus on rivers and river processes in Year 9; before moving on to the study of earthquake sand volcanoes using up to date case studies as they occur in the media and on line with the USGS web site.

Click here to see the Year 9 field notebook - Natural History Museum.

Why choose Geography for GCSE?


This course takes a thematic approach, with content organised through the physical and human environments. It enables you to explore the people-environment challenges we face in the UK.


  • The changing landscapes of the UK - Rivers and Coasts

  • Weather hazards and climate change - Britain's Weather, Tropical storms and Drought

  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management - Tropical Rainforest and Deciduous Woodlands


  • Changing cities - study of two cities, 1 in the UK and another in the developing world

  • Global development - a study of a country at an early stage of development

  • Resource management - energy and water



How useful is Geography to your future education and career?

Geography can offer you:

  • transferable skills - you'll be skilled in the use of primary and secondary data; analysis and evaluation, report writing and research.

  • IT skills in a range of contexts -word processing, spreadsheets, the internet and geographic information systems.

  • practical competence derived from fieldwork and investigative approaches to work.

  • a bridge between the arts and sciences, giving you flexibility if you decide to go on to higher education

  • high academic standards - geography achieves good examination results both at Coombe and nationally and is welcomed as a subject by unviversities.

  • a wide range of job opportunities than almost any other subject.

Where could this subject lead?