Rob Ashley 

    Head of Geography

    Rob joined Hurst in 2008, having previously taught at schools in Crawley and Hertfordshire. He studied Geography at the University of Manchester and completed an MA at Melbourne University, Australia. Rob is also heavily involved in the EPQ programme and the promotion of independent learning approaches.


    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, with a view to discussing ways in which the quality of life and value of individuals can be enhanced.


    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 follow the AQA specification.


    The Geography department is well resourced with a variety of journals, magazines, 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 Dorset, the South Downs, Switzerland and Iceland.

    Beyond Hurst

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

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