There has never been a more fascinating and important time to study Geography. Our world is more familiar than at any point in its history, yet the number of unknowns and uncertainties are equally unprecedented. It is a daunting time to be alive. We have unleashed a momentum of change that may be hard to control.
The Earth is forecast a turbulent few centuries full of upheavals and disruption – as a species, we must find a way to hold on tight and ride it out.
The Geography Department seeks to enable students to make sense of their world, and to understand the processes, both human and physical that shape it.
We strive to teach Geography as a contemporary and dynamic subject. Through the classroom and fieldwork we address issues including Climate change, resource depletion and sustainable development. We explore crucial questions about the sort of future society that we wish to create, making it extremely relevant for today’s school children.

Key Stage 3

In years 7 & 8 pupils will study a range of topics which support the GCSE examinations and provide a range of geographical skills these including:

  • Settlements
  • Coasts
  • Weather and climate
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Madagascar

In year 9 pupils who opt to study Geography at GCSE will deepen their understanding of the human and physical world through the study of:

  • Globalisation
  • Ghana
  • Tourism
  • Ice environments
  • Extreme environments
  • Applying geographical skills

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11 pupils study AQA GCSE Geography. This is broken down into three main units:
Unit 1 Living with the physical environment
topics include:

  • Natural hazards - volcanoes, earthquakes and tropical storms
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems - tropical rainforests, hot deserts or cold environments
  • Physical landscapes in the UK - coastal, river or glacial landscapes
  • Weather

Unit 2 Challenges in the human environment
topics include:

  • The urban world - impact and growth of megacities
  • Urban change in the UK
  • Sustainable urban development
  • The changing economic world - the development gap
  • A case study of a newly emerging economy e.g. Nigeria or China
  • The changing UK economy
  • The challenge of resource management - either food, water or energy covered in depth

Unit 3 Geographical application and skills
Fieldwork investigation and skills
Applied geographical skills and understanding
Cartographic skills
The third unit is not taught as a discrete unit but will be completed throughout the course to enable these geographical skills to be used to provide deeper understanding and provide supporting evidence of geographical phenomena and occurances.
Pupils are assessed through three examination papers (100%) which closely follow the units outlined above.


Pupils will be set regular homework to support what they are studying in lessons. Key Stage 3 pupils should expect at least one piece of homework a fortnight and pupils in Key Stage 4 at least one piece per week.

How will I be monitored and assessed?

Our pupils are given a Geography target at the beginning of the year and they are given opportunities to meet their target and even surpass it throughout the year. Our teachers assess work regularly and at the end of each topic, pupils are tested using examinations or questions which demand an extended response. Pupils also carry out a self-assessment. Target levels are reviewed at the end of every topic, and at various times throughout the year, books are carefully monitored by staff to ensure that all pupils are working to their full potential.

After School Clubs

We also offer revision sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils on Tuesdays to support their revision for examinations.


Last edited 21.11.2017 G.Davies

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