The Geography Department has an enthusiastic and committed team of teachers, Mr Perkins (Head of Department), Mr Wynne and Mrs Harte.
The department is dedicated to instilling a love of Geography and to helping all pupils achieve their maximum potential, whatever their stage of education. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and all have projectors. A range of resources are used to deliver the content across the key stages. Fieldwork is a fundamental aspect of geography which we are fully committed to delivering. The pupils have access to fieldwork opportunities at all stages as listed below. In addition we run a range of trips and have been to Sorrento in Italy in recent years.
Over the past few years many of our students have gone on to study geography or associated subjects at universities such as Aberystwyth, Swansea and Birmingham. Geography students are recognised as being very adaptable and employable.The skills, knowledge and understanding gained during a geography degree are held in high regard by businesses.
Take up at A-level geography (Edexcel) is always popular). At AS level students cover topics including Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes and Change, Globalisation and Regenerating Cities. Students go on in Year 13 at A2 level to study the Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, the Carbon and Energy Cycle, Superpowers and Global Development and Connections. Both AS and A Level require fieldwork.
Geography is a subject enjoyed within the Lower School and as a result many Year 9 pupils opt for the GCSE Geography course. Years 10 and 11 study the OCR B GCSE Geography syllabus. The modules encompass many aspects of physical and human geography such as: Global Hazards, Changing Climate, Distinctive Landscapes, Urban Futures, Dynamic Development and the UK in the 21st Century.
Our GCSE results in 2016 were very pleasing. 78% of pupils achieved A*-C grades and 22% of these gained an A* or A grade. This success has naturally led to an excellent uptake at A-level.
The KS3 Curriculum is diverse and engaging. The young geographers will study a range of topics throughout the year comprising of physical and human geography. Assessment in geography takes many forms with students being supported in learning how to use self-reflection, peer assessment, progress monitoring and target setting. These methods are used in addition to formal teacher assessment and students are encouraged to celebrate their success and consider targets for improvement. Independent learning is a key priority and all students will be encouraged to develop these key skills through geography.
Units of study
Year 7: Introduction to Geography and skills, Migration, Cold Environments and Kenya
Year 8: Extreme Weather, Earthquakes and Japan, Settlement – A tale of 2 cities
Year 9: Ecosystems – Local Actions, Global Effects, Italy and Volcanoes, Our changing world.