Department of Geography

Geography is about understanding the world we live in, how and why it is changing, and how we manage that as a society.

Within the department we have a multi-faceted approach to learning and teaching.  New technologies allow us to bring the world into our classrooms whilst a strong fieldwork programme ensures individuals have the opportunity to see more of the world around them.


Lower School

Building on topics and skills learned in Junior School, we continue to explore the interactions between people, place and the environment at a range of scales. The Remove course provides an introduction to physical, human and environmental Geography. In Lower 4 the course becomes more thematic in approach.  Case studies allow us to explore topics in depth and also give students the opportunity to practise extended writing.    

Upper School

In Upper 4, the course focuses on important geographical issues such as responsible citizenship and stewardship alongside the physical processes which have helped to shape our world.

In GCSE Geography (AQA), students learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, landscapes, places and cultures. Developing enquiry and numerical skills through fieldwork and research is an integral part of the Geography curriculum at all stages. 

Sixth Form

The SQA Higher course offers pupils a chance to study elements of the GCSE course in greater depth and to broaden their knowledge of other human and physical environments. They will also study the inter-relationship between people and their environments through topics including Development and Health and Global Climate Change.

Advanced Higher gives students the opportunity to investigate a contemporary geographical issue and undertake a local geographical study on topics that particularly interest them. The wide variety of geographical methods and techniques, including fieldwork, the interpretation and production of maps and diagrams, and statistical analysis, encourage critical evaluation of viewpoints and sources. These are skills which are transferable to other areas of study and which students will use in everyday life.

Beyond the classroom

We aim to offer a range of field trips to students at all levels ranging from short trips to collect fieldwork data in the city centre of Edinburgh to residential trips investigating volcanoes in Iceland and glacial landscapes in Arran. In order to fully support students we offer a range of lunchtime and after school help sessions.

Teaching Staff

Cathie Massaro

BSc (Hons) Geology & Physical Geography

Annette Mackinnon

MA (Hons) Geography 

Laura Taylor

BSc (Hons) Geography

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.