Aims & Ethos

The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together - President Obama

Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people at Kinross High School 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.

The aim of our department is to inspire the next generation of Geographers by providing a high quality, innovative and engaging curriculum experience. We seek to provide the young people with an understanding of the physical and human environments in which we live and interact. With so many important issues facing our society and our planet, an understanding of Geography is crucial in preparing the pupils for life in the 21st century and to help them grow and develop into responsible global citizens.

We strive to teach Geography as a contemporary and dynamic subject.  Through the classroom and a range of fieldwork we address issues including ‘Climate change’ ‘Resource depletion’ and ‘Sustainable Development’.  We explore crucial questions about the sort of future society that we wish to create, making it extremely relevant for today’s young people. We tackle issues at a variety of scales using a variety of approaches, including group work, independent learning and research tasks, the use of ICT, mapping, as well as incorporating cross-curricular links with English, Maths and Science.

Our philosophy is to ensure all our young people reach their full potential and we commit ourselves to fulfilling the needs of all our pupils. Pupils are expected to be punctual, well organised and to bring their books and the appropriate equipment to each lesson. A positive supportive, friendly learning environment is maintained in the classroom and pupils are expected to follow school rules to ensure that all young people benefit from a calm learning environment. At the same time we encourage students to use their initiative and plenty of opportunities are provided to allow pupils to express their individuality both in the classroom and in their work. Respect and consideration are key values enforced in the learning of environment of a Geography classroom, both towards the teacher and their peers.