Geography

Geography is essentially about people and places; how people create the bit of the world they live in, and how the world they live in makes them the people that they are.

Has there ever been a better or more important time to study Geography? There is a growing interest in issues such as migration, environmental degradation, global conflict and climate change.  

Geography provides a perspective on the present and future world; it helps girls to become better decision makers. At Mayfield we build global and international understanding and awareness using a wide range of current and relevant case studies. We enable every girl to achieve high academic standards and to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for her full and meaningful participation in a democratic system and a global society.

Fieldwork is an important feature of the Geography department; it underpins our examination success. Fieldwork enables girls to develop a side range of geographical skills from map reading and using fieldwork equipment effectively to using statistical tools to analyse geographical data. Fieldwork develops  an understanding of how to formulate hypotheses and how to design a sequence of investigation to find answers.

There is at least one day of fieldwork every year for each year group, in addition to which GCSE students in Year 10 have the option of joining a departmental trip to Morocco for a week’s study in the ‘High Atlas’ mountains. Sixth Form students have the opportunity of visiting Iceland.

We have tailored a broad and balanced  Year 7 to 8 curriculum to promote participation in the world of the 21st Century. The curriculum reflects a concern for the human condition on local, national and global levels. The GCSE Geography course starts in Year 9.

Geography at GCSE and A level – both popular courses at Mayfield –cover aspects of both Physical and Human Geography and  tackle fundamental issues like globalisation and sustainability.

A level students enrich their course by taking out membership of the Wealden Branch of the Geographical Association and attending presentations from leading university lecturers.