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 Owen Chisholm, MA, iPGCE
- Miss Alexandra Strutt, BSc, MSc, PGCE
- Mr Simon Woolley, MA
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 Chisolm joined from Cranleigh School where he taught geography for three years alongside his role as Prep School Chaplain. Before joining Cranleigh, he worked in a church in Edinburgh after graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2016. He was educated at Shrewsbury School where he spent a bit too much time rowing and playing rugby. These days, you are most likely to find him with his nose in a book, walking his dog, or trying to show a semblance of physical fitness on his road bike.
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.