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Geography is a popular and successful subject at Merchiston.

All staff in the department hvae a real passionf for our subject and a desire to communicate this to our pupils. In studying Geography, pupils investigate the interdependent links between people and their environment on local, regional and international scales. The subject encompasses the natural processes that shape the planet, the cultural diversity of its inhabitants, and contemporary issues of environment and development and geopolitics.

We seek to engage pupils in learning Geography by encouraging them to work and think independently and by ensuring our teaching is stimulating, varied and creative. We strongly believe that fieldwork is an essential component of the subject giving all year groups opportunities to take part in fieldwork activities.

We are delighted by the numbers of pupils who go on to study Geography related subjects at University, with Geography graduates being amongst the most employed group upon graduation (due to the wide skill base the subject involves, and its relevance to contemporary society and developing world issues). We aim to support and extend the learning and interests of all pupils through a range of specially arranged activities, including seminars, lectures, field work, and study-day visits, Geography Society evening discussions, as well as a generous provision of extra-support drop-in sessions.

Academic News

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Image of Sixth Form students at Merchiston Castle School setting up outdoor lunch during an expedition to Costa Rica

An incredible account of the Half Term multi-disciplinary expedition to Costa Rica!

Group of Merchiston Castle School Students enjoy traditional Chinese dinner at local restaurant 

A trip to the cinema to watch 'Creation of the Gods' - completed by a delicious dumpling dinner!

Memorial Hall with families during Merchiston Castle School's Open Morning in September 2023

It was brilliant to welcome so many families for our Open Day last Saturday!