Geography

The Charterhouse Geography Department provides pupils with the opportunity to develop skills in the subject, in a dynamic environment, with the very best IT facilities in a supportive atmosphere.

Geography – the study of the Earth’s surface features and related human activity – has a vital place in the 21st century curriculum. The subject helps us to understand our own place on a complex planet, and confidently to face issues such as climate change, geopolitical tensions, water, energy & food security, and poverty & inequality. 

Geography offers profound insights into the way human and physical processes interact. Human beings are placing ever greater demands on the Earth and its systems: are we approaching some crisis point? What causes desertification, droughts, floods and hurricanes? Are they purely natural phenomena, or are they exacerbated by human activity? Geography gives us the language and techniques to approach these questions with confidence. 

Geography shows how human lives are shaped by local circumstances: not only the physical features of the place, but also the social, economic and political characteristics and relationships. Geography explores how each place exists in a regional, national, international and global context. 

This is a practical subject, teaching transferable skills including cooperation, graphicacy, numeracy and functional ICT. Geography pupils learn about map use (including GIS), data processing, problem solving and evaluative analysis. They find out how to work alone and in teams. They work directly in the real world, and gain a proper awareness of social and environmental responsibility.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

To see a world in a grain of sand. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) Curriculum and Sixth Form Curriculum sections.

Fundamental to the teaching success of the Department are our six Geography teachers:

Mr Peter Price MA, CGeog - Head of Department

A Chartered Geographer, Mr Price was awarded a designation by the Royal Geographical Society from 2010. He is the Principal Examiner for CIE Pre-U Paper 2 and also examines for IBDP and Edexcel International GCSE. An Oxford Geography graduate, Mr Price has extensive teaching experience and worked for seven years as a Chartered Surveyor before qualifying as a teacher. He was previously Head of Department at Bradfield College and also taught at Repton School. Mr Price has a strong interest in all aspects of Geography, particularly in contemporary global and local issues and is an advocate of the educational benefits of fieldwork, both locally and overseas. Mr Price also coaches football and is a House Tutor in Fletcherites.

Mr Kevin Brown, BSc

Mr Brown teaches Fourth Form Geography and is also the Deputy Director of Sport. Previously, he has been Housemaster of Weekites, Master of the Fifths, Master of the Yearlings and Assistant Housemaster in Bodeites. Born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand, Mr Brown began studying a Sports Science degree at the University of Otago before starting work at Charterhouse in January 1999. While working at Charterhouse, he completed his degree at Kingston University. An avid follower and coach of all three major sports (football, hockey and cricket), he has also been heavily involved in running outdoor educational trips, most notably, overseas expeditions with World Challenge to Peru, Morocco, Mongolia, Norway, Madagascar and Tanzania. Within the Fourths’ Geography curriculum, Mr Brown specialises in the study of the Olympic Games, its legacy and the regeneration of Stratford and East London. 

Miss Annabel Hawkins, BA

Following a degree in Geography from the University of Birmingham, Miss Hawkins worked for two years as a marketing strategist in the City. She qualified as a teacher from University College Dublin and taught at Wesley College in the city. Since returning to the UK, she has taught at Ardingly College for eight years and has extensive IB and A-Level experience. Whilst keenly interested in all aspects of Geography, her real focus and love is Development Geography. Miss Hawkins has previously worked as a Housemistress and Head of Middle School, she has run several expeditions to The Gambia and ski race trips. Miss Hawkins joined Charterhouse in September 2015 as Assistant Head (Pastoral).

Miss Charlotte Pounder, BSc

Miss Pounder gained her PGCE at Durham University in 2016 and joins Charterhouse as a part-time Teacher of Geography and also as Sports Development Coach. She studied for a BSc in Geography and Sports Science at Loughborough University. Miss Pounder was previously Scotland Lacrosse Junior Assistant coach and Sports Assistant at Glenalmond College. Her interests include lacrosse, hockey, athletics, horse-riding and ballet. 

Miss Hannah Punnett, BSc

Miss Punnett gained a BSc in Geography from the University of Nottingham and PGCE from Durham University. Before coming to Charterhouse in 2015, she taught at Ampleforth College. Miss Punnett's particular area of interest is climate and its effect on people; she spent much of her third year at university reconstructing the climate of Mexico during the time of the Mayan civilisation collapse, using pollen and tree core samples collected during a visit to the Yucatan Peninsula. Outside of school she enjoys skiing, cycling and travelling around the world's National Parks, Yosemite being a favourite so far. Miss Punnett is also Resident Tutor in Fletcherites and coaches rowing.

Mr Simon Woolley, MA

Mr Woolley taught at Winchester College for 23 years prior to joining Charterhouse in 2016. He received an MA in Geography from Oxford University, and his interests include natural history, photography, astronomy and cycling.