Geography is changing. It is a central issue to so many of the topical stories that are in the news today and we do our best to reflect this in what we cover. The Geography Department offers a practical, enquiry based approach to learning, encouraging students to develop transferable skills in ICT, literacy and problem solving. We aim to encourage Shirburnians to make well-informed judgements about their environment, in a way that allows the outside world to ‘make sense’, and in so doing stimulating an interest that goes beyond the confines of the classroom.
Geography is a popular subject at Sherborne. Many boys study the subject to GCSE, and then some 30-40 in the Sixth form. The regular use of ICT is a feature of the department with each dedicated classroom equipped with smartboards and data projectors. An important part of the teaching programme includes fieldwork. Voluntary residential trips have occurred in the past year to Morocco [GCSE], Manchester and Venice [A level] and these are backed up by shorter trips to Lynmouth, the Sid Valley and Lyme Regis. Our students experience regional and local fieldwork on at least 4 occasions during their lower school career.
Jeremy Preston BSc
Head of Geography