Pupils urged to look beyond their horizons for Young Geographer of the Year competition

The Royal Geographical Society's competition encourages young people to look beyond their immediate area and explore the wider world in its competition

Despite being confined to our homes for the past three months, our young geographers have been looking beyond their immediate vicinity and exploring the wider world as part of a competition by the Royal Geographical Society.

Zaynab's project on Bangladesh was enhanced with some lovely colourful illustrations

The Young Geographer of the Year Competition gives young people the chance to explore the potential that geography holds, and challenges pupils to explore the wider geographical horizons. The theme this year is “The World Beyond My Window”, and entrants are tasked with “exploring the human and physical geography of places that exist beyond a young person’s window.” This could be locally or further afield, and Bolingbroke has submitted  19 entries, with projects focusing on far-flung countries around the world including Bangladesh, Borneo, New Zealand and Ecuador. Other pupils’ entries were closer to home, and included Liverpool, while another focused on the immediate view from her window in south-west London

Valentina's entry was all about Liverpool, a city with which she has many close family connections

Not only have the projects been entered into the Royal Geographical Society competition, but were also judged for an in-house prize, with Valentina in Year 7, Frank in Year 8, Bella in Year 10 and Louie in Year 11 coming out top in their respective year groups.   

“The quality of the projects has been phenomenal across all years,” said lead geography teacher Megan Taylor, adding that the geography department had adapted quickly to the changed learning environment since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Jack's entry focused on Borneo and included the impact of the deforestation of the island

In some ways it is a subject that lends itself to remote teaching because it is easier to show pupils geographical data and different forms of it, and it gives pupils the opportunity to play with geographical data and develop their GIS skills,” she said. “In terms of challenges, it is sometimes hard  to explain geographical concepts and have discussions about them, and I think pupils can find the extended writing difficult.”


Frank's impressive project on Guayaquil in Ecuador was one of our internal House winners

However, she said that the pupils have responded “incredibly well” to the difficult circumstances, with an impressive 96% attendance to  KS4 lessons and 100% in our KS5 lessons. “On the whole I am impressed and pleased at how the Geography pupils have adapted."

Meanwhile, the very best of luck to all the entrants! The winners will be announced by the end of the summer term.