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Geography

The Geography Department aims to develop students understanding of the world and the evaluation of the interconnectedness of human and physical processes around the globe, through development of analytical, and data-reading skills and the synthesis of summaries with persuasive writing.

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

Dunbar students (Forms 1 and 2) are taught the core principles of cartography (mapwork), British weather and its landscape 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 fieldwork in nearby settlements.

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 AQA8035), the students develop their understanding of spatial distribution (patterns) and the dynamics of population issues, urban change, tourism and tectonics among others. Fieldwork is undertaken both on and offsite.
At A Level (following the AQA7037), the students examine and evaluate the processes which make landscape features and the impact of these in creating the different places in the world.

Coastal systems, geopolitics and economic interconnectedness are evaluated through use of a range of media, field trips, external lectures and speakers visiting Pangbourne. Contemporary changes in the urban living and our ‘perception of place’ are key aspects of the course that require wider reading discussion.

Outside of the classroom, the Department assess the dynamism of inner cities, analyses the environmental impact of tourism of Studland in Dorset and examines 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.

Meet the Teachers

Mr Tom Poynter - Head of Geography, Teacher of History

BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Secondary Geography, University of Exeter

Mr Rupert Bancroft - Teacher of Geography, Deputy Head (Co-Curricular), Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

BSc (Hons) Geography and Movement Studies PGCE Physical Education, Brunel University

Mr Ryan Cruwys - Teacher of Geography, Assistant Housemaster of Macquarie, Head of Cricket

BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Reading, MSc (Hons) Applied Meteorology, University of Reading

Mr Richard Follett - Teacher of Geography, Head of Key Stage 3, Teacher of Physical Education, Head of Rowing

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, Housemaster of Macquarie

BSc (Hons) Marine Geography, Cardiff University, PGCE Secondary Geography, Open University

Mr Will Williams - Senior Deputy Head, Deputy Head Academic, Teacher of Geography

MA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Geography, University of Oxford