Aims and Philosophy

  • To stimulate, encourage, develop and maintain interest and achievement in Geography.
  • To allow students to access and develop a clear understanding of both the physical and the human environments on our planet.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to geography and to experience success and enjoyment in their geography work.
  • To encourage students to investigate their own environment through the use of media and ICT.
  • To enable students to develop as learners, both independently and as part of a team.
  • To provide students with the necessary skills to take responsibility for their own learning and develop into life-long learners.
  • To clearly relate what the students learn in class to the outside world; e.g. the importance of understanding climate change.
  • Provide pupils with the opportunity to achieve qualifications relevant to today‚Äôs workplace.


Success Headlines

  • The Geography Department at Portobello High School leads the Eco Schools programme in the school, where they have had huge national success. We were the first mainstream secondary school in Scotland to achieve five Green Flag Awards in March 2012.
  • We run many annual field classes including: S3 local field work in Portobello, S4 day trip and Advanced Higher weekend field course at Kindrogan Field Centre, near Pitlochry and a Higher trip to the Cairngorms National Park.
  • We have lots of pupils who continue to study Geography at all levels at Portobello, with the biggest Advanced Higher class in recent years of 14 candidates.
  • In 2013 47% of our Standard grade candidates achieved a Credit Grade, with 58% of candidates at Higher level achieving a grade A. At Advanced Higher level all pupils gained a grade A or B.


Curriculum Leader

Mr N Goodfellow