Geography

The Geography Department at Pangbourne aims to develop students’ analytical, persuasive and data-reading skills.

Geography is primarily about places, people and their patterns, and with the remit in the subject to examine the wider world, the Department regularly leaves its spacious classrooms to experience geography up close.

Dunbar students (Forms 1 and 2) are taught the basics of mapwork, British weather and its features, and also examine what it means to be British. These topics are underpinned with trips to the banks of the River Thames to do mudlarking (looking through river mud for items of historical value) and to Stratford to examine the legacy of the London Olympics.

Form 3 students then engage with the global breadth of ecosystems, human development and global issues through group work, presentations and individual projects. The syllabus reinforces skills and provides greater opportunities to engage with the topics studied.

At GCSE level (following the AQA board), the students develop their understanding of spatial distribution (patterns) and the dynamics of population issues, urban change, tourism and tectonics among others.

At A Level (following the OCR board), the students examine the processes which make landscape features and the impact of these in creating the different places in the world.

Coasts, high altitudes and economic patterns are evaluated through use of a range of media, field trips, external lectures and speakers visiting Pangbourne.

Outside of the classroom, the Department visits inner cities, assesses the environmental impact of tourism of Studland in Dorset and seen how the dynamics of the coast at Hurst Spit are managed. The programme offered by the Department at Pangbourne leads to many students pursuing their Geography studies at university and beyond.

The Department
Mr Fred Tao Head of Geography
BA (Hons) Geography, Polytechnic of North London, MSc Anthropology (China), London School of Economics, and PGCE Secondary Geography, University of Cambridge
Mr Rupert Bancroft Teacher of Geography
BSc (Hons) Geography and Movement Studies and PGCE Physical Education, Brunel University
Mr Ryan CruwysTeacher of Geography and Assistant Housemaster of Macquarie
BA (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Reading and MA (Hons) Applied Meteorology, University of Reading
Mr Richard FollettTeacher of Geography 
BA (Hons) Geography and Sports Science, University of Liverpool, PGCE PE and Geography, University of Birmingham and Diploma in Sports Psychology, Newcastle College
Mr David Metcalfe Teacher of Geography
BSc (Hons) Marine Geography, Cardiff University and PGCE Secondary Geography, Open University
Mr Tom Poynter Teacher of Geography
BA (Hons) Geography and PGCE Secondary Geography, University of Exeter
Mr Will Williams Senior Deputy Head, Deputy Head Academic and Teacher of Geography
MA (Hons) Geography and PGCE Geography, University of Oxford