Where are we, where have we been and where are we going? Combining the intricacies of the natural world with the impact of man produces a wealth of fascinating topics to study. That’s the beauty of Geography.
From the icy extremes of the Icelandic glaciers to the tropical heat of Amazonia, geographers at Brentwood study a range of environments on a multitude of scales.
Geography is the everyday news. From conflict in the Middle East, to volcanic ash clouds interrupting air travel; from French farmers struggling to produce good quality wine, to global climate change.
Our syllabus integrates scientific precision with human interaction and develops vital skills, such as map reading, problem solving and decision making. Students learn to make connections between scientific factors and sociological, psychological and historical reasons for why the world is as it is.
Working in the outdoor classroom of the environment, Brentwood pupils are able to experience all manner of places in the local area. Trips, visits and practical sessions enhance their outdoor learning experience.
Transferable skills of report writing, data analysis, synthesising an array of material from different sources, critical thinking and using geographic information systems make geographers in great demand by many employers.
On Wednesday 23rd February, six Brentwood School students travelled to New Hall School to compete in the challenging and varied ‘Geography World Wise Quiz’ against eight different Essex schools, fielding a total of 14 teams.
Despite fierce competition from the teams put forward by Bancroft’s School, Felsted School and KEGS, both Brentwood School teams entered managed to secure first and second places respectively in an outstanding display of Geography general knowledge.
Brentwood team A, consisting of Jack Marsh, Ruby Ison and Chloe O’Shea, were delighted to secure the pole position, whereas team B, made up of Connor Magee, George Dinning and Lloyd Richards came in a very respectable second place.
Head of Georgraphy, Mr Crosby, said that:
"The competition topics covered ranged from Geographical issues in the news and landmarks of the UK, to map skills and fieldwork. With such a broad variety of questions being posed, it is an impressive feat that these six Brentwood students could take both of the top spots.”
The winning Brentwood team now qualifies for the Southern section of this national event.