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Young Geographer of the Year 2023 Award

Young Geographer of the Year 2023


Abiha (Year 9) travelled to London on Friday 8th December to receive her highly commended award which was presented to her by radio and television presenter, Tom Heap at a ceremony held at the Society. The RGS (Royal Geographical Society) launched this global school competition and we are pleased to be one of the 16 schools from around to world to have been invited.


The theme for 2023 was A blueprint for the future, with entrants being invited to share innovative ideas to address problems in areas such as food production and supply, energy and sustainability, resources, population growth, travel, biodiversity and more.  

Year 9 student, Abiha from Westfield School submitted her idea for building an Eco-friendly hospital that only used biodegradable products and to make it magnetically levitating in order to ensure that the green space and biodiversity remained underneath.



Professor Joe Smith, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) said, ‘Congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part in the competition. The entries we received were truly inspiring and there were a great number of exceptional entries that provided effective solutions to deal with topical challenges’


Abiha  ‘I was so excited to be getting this award and meeting other students with equally amazing ideas; it was amazing meeting Tom Heap who is well known for discussing global environmental and climatic issues in the media and I am looking forward to reading his recent book.’


For over two decades the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has recognised the outstanding work of the next generation of geographers with its Young Geographer of the Year competition.


An international award with categories spanning the primary years to A Level, the competition encourages young people to think creatively and analytically about geographical themes.


The Young Geographer of the Year competition is run by the Society in conjunction with Geographical magazine and is kindly supported by Esri UK, Ordnance Survey and Philip’s Atlases.