News from the Geography Department

The Verulam Geography Department is growing every year and especially at A Level. From 21 students across Upper and Lower Sixth in 2013, we now have 23 in Upper Sixth and 33 in the Lower Sixth and a further 47 students have applied for next year. This will make us 80 students strong. Why is the department growing in strength? Well, it’s not just the engaging lessons, field trip opportunities or the 100% pass rate. We feel that the geography department goes the extra mile and supports all its candidates to achieve the next goal in their journey. For most, it is getting to university.

We have also seen a rise in the number of geography undergraduate applicants from Verulam and this year is no exception with candidates securing offers from Nottingham, Birmingham and York so far. This trend has continued into the current Lower Sixth and we already have students heading to St. Andrews and Loughborough for post interview visits.

Alisha Philips is currently in the Lower Sixth studying geography and is wishing to continue geography at degree level. Although already proving her value and securing numerous top grade assessments, Alisha understands the competitive market university applications have become. Therefore Alisha has applied and been selected to attend Plymouth university for a Geoscience study programme.

Alisha will take part in the study to be familiar with igneous and metamorphic rocks; surface landforms and processes involved in forming features. She will practise the approaches geologists take to describe and record geological/ geomorphological features in the field. These will be highly advanced skills and will develop her as a geographer before starting university. To gain university experience, there will be workshops from a range of PhD lecturers who will discuss geology, microfossils, volcanology and paleomagnetism.

All of this has been due to Alisha’s commitment to the Geography Department both in and out of lessons. By following the teachers’ Twitter accounts she saw the university’s advert and independently applied for the course. We wish Alisha well on this adventure and look forward to supporting more A Level geographers in years to come.

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Mr N Woodville Head of Geography