Congratulations to Geography students Fern A (16) and Grace S (14),  who were both invited to the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ awards ceremony in London. Each won an award in this year’s competition for their take on the changing geography of Britain.

Young Geographer of the Year is a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), to encourage pupils to engage with geographical issues. Each year the competition receives entries from thousands of pupils from hundreds of schools, and this year’s competition was an opportunity for geography students to explore the question “How is Britain changing?”.

Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said: “This year, students explored geographical change from many different perspectives. We were incredibly impressed with the entries we received. Many focused on how Britain’s physical features are changing in response to a wide range of geographical processes, while others focused on social, cultural or political change.”

The competition recognises the best entries across four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11); Key Stage 3 (11-14); Key Stage 4 or GCSE (14-16); and Key Stage 5 or A Level (16-18). Pupils in the first three categories were asked to submit an annotated diagram or poster, while A Level pupils were asked to submit a 1,500 word essay, which could include illustrations, maps or graphs.

The awards were presented to the winning and highly commended pupils at the Society’s headquarters on Friday 25 November.  Grace (in Year 9) was Highly Commended in the Key Stage 3 category, and Fern (in Year 11) was Highly Commended in the Key Stage 4/GCSE category.