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Geography

Mrs H Nissinen BSc (Hons), MA
Head of Geography
hnissinen@colfes.com

Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

Geography is in the news every-day – natural disasters, conflict, development issues, global trade, migration, population growth or decline, global warming, deforestation and the list goes on. The one theme these issues have in common is change. What will your local environment, your country and your planet be like in ten or twenty years’ time? What issues will we face as an increasingly global society? What solutions will humans come up with to manage these issues? What will your role in all this be?

Studying Geography at Colfe’s will give you the skills to flourish in the world of work. The subject is broad-based: it seeks to explain the relationships between natural systems and human activity. This frequently involves collecting and interpreting data, both numerical (quantitative) and non-numerical (qualitative). Geographers at Colfe’s learn to critically evaluate the data and reach informed decisions. Employers greatly prize this capability, especially in project management. This makes Geographers some of the most in-demand graduates entering the workplace today.

In Years 7-9, we focus on ensuring key skills are embedded through the study of contemporary topics such as our unit on conservation in Year 7, the current migration crisis in Year 8 and the rise of China in Year 9. Year 9 pupils are also encouraged to engage with contemporary geographical writing by studying the book ‘Prisoners of Geography’ by Tim Marshall and also begin the GCSE specification.

In Year 10 and 11 we continue with the AQA GCSE Geography specification and examine a balanced mix of human and physical topics such as Natural Hazards, The Living World, The Challenge of Resource Management and Urban Issues and Challenges. Pupils will also attend two fieldwork trips to the Kent coast and London in preparation for their fieldwork paper.

We follow the CAIE International A-level specification in the Sixth Form which gives pupils a very broad and solid grounding in the discipline and which will prepare them for University level study of the subject.

As Geographers, we like to explore the world around us and encourage others to do the same. Recent trips have visited the Azores, The Grand Canyon and Death Valley in the USA, Iceland, and China. We also organise a range of educational visits to lectures, museums and exhibitions.

A-level course details:

Art

The Art department at Colfe’s is an exciting, creative space that values imagination and intuitive responses, group and individual work.

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Classics

The Classics Department provides three ways in to this ancient past. Latin is offered throughout the school for Years 7-13, Classical Greek is an option from Year 10 and Classical Civilisation is available as an A-level.

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Drama

Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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Economics & Business

In Economics and Business the emphasis in the classroom is on developing analytical abilities, encouraging argument from different standpoints and critical examination of data.

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English

English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia at Colfe’s is the teaching of the activity of wellbeing. Broadly based on the virtue ethics of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the word Eudaimonia itself is most commonly translated as ‘flourishing’ by practising virtuous behaviour and engaging with what it means to be human.

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Geography

Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

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History

The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Learning Support

Learning Support is based in the heart of the Senior School in a well-equipped classroom with computers, ipads, an interactive whiteboard and an abundance of learning resources and educational games.

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Library

The Library is very much at the centre of the school, and is extremely busy at break and lunch times, and before and after the school day.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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Music

The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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Science

The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.