Geography – the study of the Earth’s surface features and related human activity – has a vital place in the twenty-first 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 and food security, and poverty and inequality.
The 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 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.
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- Mr Peter Price MA, CGeog - Head of Department
- Mr Stephen Baird, BSc, PGCE
- Mr Owen Chisholm, MA, PGCE
- Ms Rachael Gibson, BA, PGCE
- Mrs Cathrina Hogg, BA
- Miss Alexandra Strutt, BSc, MSc, PGCE
- Mrs Louisa Wilkins, MA, QTS
A Chartered Geographer, Mr Price was awarded the designation by the Royal Geographical Society in 2010. He has been the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator since 2019, and examines for CIE Pre-U and the IB Diploma Programme (and previously for 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.
Mr Baird joined Charterhouse having previously taught at Tormead School where he was Head of Geography for 5 years and led the EPQ programme. After graduating from Edinburgh University he began a career in the Fire and Rescue Service but was looking for something more exciting. He completed his PGCE at Brunel University before starting his teaching career in the comprehensive system teaching at Teddington School and Blenheim High School (Epsom) for 10 years from 1999. He then moved to Woldingham School as Head of Department where he was introduced to boarding school life. A keen tennis player, Mr Baird is Men’s Captain at his club and plays competitive doubles in the Surrey Leagues.
Mr Chisholm studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh before spending his first three years teaching at Cranleigh School. Alongside his teaching commitments he is Assistant Head of Year for First Year Specialists, Head of Fives, Residential Tutor in Verites, and attempting to get his golf handicap into low single figures.
After graduating from Durham University, Ms Gibson spent two years at Uppingham School as a Graduate Assistant and Resident Tutor before taking up the role of Assistant Housemistress and Teacher of Geography at New Hall School. Ms Gibson joins Charterhouse from her current position in a London state school. As a keen sportswoman, she enjoys spending much of her free time either spectating, or participating in sport, and is a regular on the netball courts.
Mrs Hogg previously worked at Godalming College, was Head of Department at Eastbourne College and taught Geography and Sport at Uppingham and Glenalmond. She was educated at Charterhouse and read Geography at Keble College, Oxford where she gained a Lacrosse Blue. She enjoys being in the garden, following sport (particularly cricket) and has catered for the Friars cricket team for the past 25 years.
Miss Strutt joined Charterhouse in 2019 from Bristol Grammar School where she taught for the previous three years. She was educated at Sevenoaks School, before studying a BSc in Geography at the University of Bristol, and is currently studying for a MSc in Learning and Teaching at Christ Church, Oxford. Miss Strutt is a keen sportswoman, playing Netball and Hockey at a competitive level and enjoys exploring mountains.
Mrs Wilkins re-joins Charterhouse having provided short term cover during CQ21, this time taking on a year's contract. Her previous roles have included 12 years at St John the Baptist School where she held a range of positions including Head of Department; Head of Year and Professional Mentor- her experiences also include working as an Assistant Head. She graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (hons) in Geography. Mrs Wilkins is a keen hockey player as well as a runner, having completed 3 half marathons for charity. She enjoys walking and bike rides with her 2 boys.