Mr K Spencer M.A, B.Sc Head of Geography
Mr E Palfreyman M.A, B.Sc
Our aim in the Geography department is to inspire students to look at the world around them and question what they see so that they can take their place in the world as responsible citizens and know the facts behind some of the global problems we face today.
Geography at JCG is taught in all key stages. In years 7 to 9 students have 1 hour a week and in each year field work is undertaken in the island.
Year 7 study urban change in St Helier and the caves at Plemont, year 8 survey the stream in St Catherine’s Woods and year 9 look at the implications of St Ouens Bay becoming a National Park and look at animal adaptations to environments at the zoo. In the past two years we have also run a trip to Vesuvius and Pompeii for aspiring geographers.
In Key Stage 4 Geography is a popular subject with 40 taking the subject in year 10 and 38 in year 11. Again field work is important and with the new IGCSE course field work is undertaken both locally as well as off island. We have just started to study the Edexcel IGCSE course which looks at many topical issues such as coastal management, hazards, climate change, sustainability in urban areas, globalisation and the economy and requires students to complete a number of field work exercises. This is examined in 1 paper at the end of year 11.
At A Level students study the AQA syllabus and have some choice over what they study and again it is a very topical course, the majority of students continue into year 13. The department is proud to currently have 10 previous students at various universities in the UK studying Geography or Geology. We organise a trip in year 12 to complete a piece of field work based on moraines in the Lake District and also look at the city of Liverpool.
We are all passionate about Geography and like nothing better than students coming and telling us about what they have seen on their travels and hearing about past students who are now working for development agencies or on environmental projects and even one who is working for a gold mine in Australia. Geography is going places!