“...mere names of places...are not geography...know by heart a whole gazetteer full of them would not, in itself, constitute anyone a geographer. Geography has higher aims than this: it seeks to classify phenomena (alike of the natural and of the political world, in so far as it treats of the latter), to compare, to generalise, to ascend from effects to causes, and, in doing so, to trace out the laws of nature and to mark their influences upon man. This is 'a description of the world'—that is Geography. In a word Geography is a Science—a thing not of mere names but of argument and reason, of cause and effect”. –William Hughes, 1863
Studying Geography at Lea Manor High school inspires students to explore, analyse and evaluate the nature of the world in which we live. Students are equipped with a geographical tool kit which will empower them to become cognizant of our multidimensional and dynamically evolving world. Many of our planet’s existing concerns, both locally and globally, at their essence are geographical in nature, and as such require geographically literate students to understand and ameliorate them. For example, the growing regularity of natural disasters, driven by global warming, and the human activity that in part produces the aforementioned warming process. Resource scarcity, the depletion of arable land and soils due to over exploitation, the root drivers of migration, and the growing economic inequality pervasive in our world. The aforesaid are just some of the issues confronting existing and future generations, which geographers must combat.
In addition, studying physical geography helps students understand the complex machine that is our planet. They study physical geography in order to survive. From wild and unpredictable changes in climate to the processes that slowly turn fertile land into arid wastes, physical geography is based on understanding both the natural and manmade processes that reshape the world around us. Studying physical geography also teaches our young people how to keep themselves fed and watered in extreme environments. Nothing ever stands still when it comes to physical geography and change is something we are always encountering. Students need to get out of the classroom in order to fully understand how our world is constantly shifting and evolving, so if you like experiencing the great outdoors, we're the subject for you.
Finally, geography students are an increasingly popular cohort for prospective employers. Careers ranging from Industry and commerce to environmental management and conservation, and the Civil Service are seeking out geography students because of their knowledge of the world and the skills they possess to solve real world issues.
Evan Ward, Anna Hamilton and Mike Stuchbury