A high-quality geography education will enable students to gain a real appreciation of our ever-changing world. Geography helps students to understand the interaction between people and place, gain an understanding of their local environment and the challenges facing the planet.

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” – Michael Palin 2007

Welcome & Ethos

In the geography department, we aim to ensure that all students develop a passion for geography and become inspired in their learning. We want all students to achieve not only academic success, but become socially adept at making a positive contribution to society through raising their own awareness of their role within the global system. We provide a range of innovative and challenging opportunities within lessons and through additional trips and activities; including visits to the Natural History Museum and local area fieldwork. We also provide overseas visits to places like Sorrento and China. We provide rigorous, engaging and inspirational teaching and learning opportunities; incorporating role-plays, and debates. The geography teachers are positive and passionate about their subject and want students to enjoy it as much as they do!

Context of the Subject

The geography department strives to ensure that students are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills that are essential for them to understand the world around them and be an engaged member of both their own and the global community. They will acquire transferable skills to apply in other areas of study, future employment and higher education routes. They will be encouraged to become independent thinkers who can generate their own opinions whilst empathising with the opinions of others. Students will learn how to evaluate information, reach substantiated judgements, clearly argue both sides of an argument in both verbal and written form, in addition to being able to research and report what they find. We promote the use of modern technologies to support learning and provide a broad geographical knowledge that allows students to understand how geological events of the past continue to shape the world in which we live. Students are encouraged to ask pertinent questions, assess information and develop the skills of making judgements.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Mrs H Scoby
Phone: 01905 363628

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader
Assistant Curriculum Leader
4 Geography Teachers

Curriculum Facilities

The department comprises of four specialist rooms, all of which are equipped with interactive white boards and projectors; they facilitate the use of the latest multi – media learning technologies.  The department is very well stocked with a range of current resources and texts in addition to geological samples to enhance learning opportunities.


KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area

Throughout Key Stage Three, students will develop their geographical knowledge and skills to enable them to understand the world in which we live and how people and place interact to shape the present and future environment. Students are taught to engage in and debate contemporary issues. They will develop the skills necessary to become an effective geographer and effectively apply these skills on a local, national and global scale. Students will learn to formulate their own conclusions and present them in a variety of mediums. During Key Stage Three students develop transferable skills and become equipped to tackle GCSE geography.

Organisation of the KS3 curriculum and how students are assessed (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings.

The Key Stage Three Curriculum course is a balance of physical and human geography, allowing students to develop their own strengths in applying the core principles of geography; people and place.

Year 7 Introduction to Geography including Map Skills, Oceans, Settlement, Weather and Climate and a place study of the African continent.

Year 8 Tropical Rainforest biomes including a study of Brazil, Natural Hazards and Tectonics, a place study of India and Rivers and Flooding.

Year 9 A place study of China and geographical skills

Students who opt for GCSE geography will begin this course in Year 9. Those who do not will continue to study geography, including Cities and Mega Cities and Coasts.


Subject title, board and syllabus code

GCSE Geography A Edexcel 9-1 Code 1GA0

KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area

The GCSE geography course provides students with an opportunity to study a qualification that is engaging, significant and relevant to the world today. It allows students to explore the ever changing world we live in, study the challenges facing the planet and consider their own place within it. Throughout the course, students will develop the transferable skills that are essential to future study and employment. Geography enables students to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Organisation of the KS4 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

Students will study three components: The Physical Environment, the Human Environment and Geographical Investigations including field work and UK Challenges and will be assessed through three examinations taken at the end of Year 11.

The Physical Environment – The changing landscapes of the UK including coasts and rivers, Weather hazards and climate change, Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

Take a fascinating journey through the changing landscape of the UK and learn how coasts and rivers have shaped our landscape. Examine the role that weather plays in our lives and study the immense power of weather hazards and the challenges facing the planet as a result of climate change. Immerse yourself in different ecosystems and how we are stewards managing the environment. Throughout this unit you will look at case studies and use contemporary materials to enhance your learning.

The Human Environment – Changing cities including the growth of Mega Cities, Global development and Resource management.

Examine the growth of cities and global development on the world. Spend time looking at the impacts of rapid growth and how it is paving the way for a new global system. Study the effects of one of the greatest challenges facing our planet in the future; water scarcity and how we can manage it.

Geographical investigations – Fieldwork and UK challenges

You will participate in two fieldwork visits. One in a physical environment and one in an urban/rural setting. Fieldwork is engaging and a central component of the course where you will learn transferable skills. Geography will be ‘brought to life in the field’ by using a variety of geographical skills. These skills will enable you to apply your skills to a variety of scenarios.


All exams are taken at the end of Year 11. There are 3 exam papers.
Unit 1 37.5% The Physical Environment
Unit 2 37.5% The Human Environment
Unit 3 25% Geographical Investigations and UK Challenges