Beccy Bownas 

    Head of Sociology

    Beccy joined Hurst in 2015, after four years teaching in an HMC school in the North East and a year prior to this as a lacrosse and netball coach at Caterham School. She gained a BSc in Geography from the University of East Anglia and a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Beccy’s subject specialisms and interests include demographics, international development and natural hazards. Beccy, who set up the Sociology department in 2017 is also Head of GCSE Geography, works in the Eagle boys boarding house and coaches netball.


    We teach Geography in a relevant, engaging and challenging way that stimulates an interest in, understanding of, and respect for the world around us.

    The Geography department's central philosophy is to instil a deep appreciation and understanding of the differences and difficulties experienced in the wide range of cultures and societies that exist.


    Geography is a popular and key subject at A-Level, in our modern world of globalisation and increasing pressures upon cultures and resources. As a bridge between the sciences and humanities, the physical and human aspects of the subject allow students to acquire elements of both scientific and socio-economic methodologies. Our schemes of work are designed to enable students to learn a range of geographical skills and develop informed views about environmental and development issues on a local to global scale. We facilitate pupil's understanding of the necessity to view human and physical geography as interdependent on each other and that they can no longer be studied as stand alone 'physical' or 'human' geography'. We follow the AQA specification which has two exams and an NEA which is worth 20% of the A-Level. 


    The Geography department is well resourced with a variety of journals, magazines, books, online revision resources and fieldwork equipment.


    We believe that fieldwork is a vital part of geographical education and so we offer a varied and exciting programme of local, regional and overseas trips to destinations such as Brighton, Somerset, The South Downs, The North Downs, Switzerland and Iceland. We also regularly attend geography lectures at the Brighton and Hove Geographical Association and host external speakers. 

    Beyond Hurst

    Many of our students have gone on to study Geography or related subjects at university.

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