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Phoebe Jackson, a 17 year old Peter Symonds Geography student, has recently been awarded with the accolade of Young Geographer of the Year for the A Level category, after answering the question ‘What is the geography of your favourite place?’

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. This year, the Society received over 1,600 entries from over 250 schools, with thousands of additional pupils taking part in in-school competitions.

This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition was an opportunity for geography pupils to explore the geography of their favourite place.

Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said:

“Our winners chose locations near and far – from the Isles of Scilly to Mount Fuji and from Braithwaite to the Galapagos Islands. In all of their entries they demonstrated high levels of geographical knowledge and understanding in order to reveal the diverse geographies of their favourite places.”

The Society’s Young Geographer of the Year competition recognises the best entries across four categories: Key Stage 2 (pupils aged 9-11); Key Stage 3 (11-14); Key Stage 4 (14-16); and A Level (16-18). A Level pupils were asked to submit a 1,500 word essay, which could include illustrations, maps or graphs.

Having learnt about the competition, Phoebe did not plan on entering it originally. However, when she learnt about the subject title: ‘What is the geography of your favourite place?’ Phoebe felt compelled to gain a deeper understanding about the archipelago, having holidayed there frequently since she was an infant.

Said Phoebe “Entering the competition was an eye-opening experience, I really enjoyed studying and writing about the Isles of Scilly. Geography combines my love for the outdoors with my academic study and is a subject that I believe is evolving and becoming ever more important, especially with all the complex challenges that are facing our fragile earth now and in the future.”

The awards were presented to the overall winners and highly commended pupils at an award ceremony at the Society on Friday 24 November. The College also held a private award ceremony for Phoebe to recognise her tremendous achievement, where Principal Stephen Carville congratulated her on her outstanding effort.

Posted on 14/12/17 at 15:27

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