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Geography Department

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlies many of the newer developments in human geography.
(British) Royal Geographical Association

In Key Stage 3, students follow a varied course studying the physical and human features of Italy and a variety of countries in various stages of economic development. The purpose of the three year course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the importance of Geography and the huge variety of environments our planet offers. We include a variety of local field visits, including Settlement studies at Calcata, Coastal Management work at Santa Severa, and studying the evidence for tectonic activity around the nearby Lake Bracciano.

In Key Stage 4, students study the IGCSE in Geography. Students are challenged to develop a greater depth of knowledge about the world, and to begin to analyse the differences between places. We undertake fieldwork in the Abruzzo mountains, staying for two to three days to study rivers, glaciation, tourism and the impact of humans upon the landscape. 

At IB Diploma Level, students are exposed to a much greater variety of concepts, including a study of Globalisation, one of the most fascinating areas of modern Geography. Fieldwork takes place in the local area, but students are encouraged to develop their understanding of their world by building links between Geography, other subjects and their personal lives.

The Geography Department has good links with subject organisations and we are members of both the British Royal Geographical Society and the Geographical Association. We have also been delighted to attend many conferences; for example, The World Aids Day Conference held at the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome. 

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