Our Geography

The department aims to teach geography in as broad a way as possible. As a subject it has never been more relevant; global warming, fair trade, damage to the environment and development are constantly in the news and this subject aims to address these issues and hopefully educate pupils to find solutions even at a small scale to these challenges.

Department Overview

The Lower School (Forms 1 to 3) study a breadth of topic areas to develop their geographical skills and understanding. Form One is the foundation year, consolidating core skills and then applying them to units of study: Making Connections, Weather and Climate, Population and Settlement. Form Two pupils focus on physical geography at a range of scales looking at examples in the local area and further afield. Form Three then focuses on developing the skills required for further study through human geography topics and individual projects. GCSE pupils study a range of physical and human geography topics and complete a controlled assessment based on local fieldwork. At A level the foundations laid in lower years pays dividends and a greater depth and range of topics are studied. Preps are set, of increasing duration, from Form One to Upper Sixth.


The department is housed on two levels in the Science building for the Lower and Middle School, A Level teaching takes place in the Sixth Form Centre. A wide range of fieldwork equipment, ICT, maps and geographical library supports the teaching.

In the Classroom

With large classrooms, excellent equipment and resources all our pupils have a tremendous opportunity to fully develop their geographical skills and understanding.

We believe that the study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment.

We believe that the study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected, and examines natural resources and their sustainable use. We aim for our pupils to be aware of the world around them, capable of asking questions about the world and be able to seek solutions.


Our 4th and 5th Form Curriculum Guide gives full details of all GCSE subjects – please download this document from the Senior Curriculum page.

AS and A Level

Full details of AS and A Level subjects can be found on our 6th Form Subjects page.

Beyond the Classroom

Considerable emphasis is placed on developing an excellent understanding of current affairs. Fieldwork is undertaken, and encouraged. Geography can be summed up well by the following quote:

So many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities.Michael Palin (RGS-IBG Immediate Past President) 2011

Shebbear College is an independent UK school, a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in rural North Devon.