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In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that we understand the world around us. Our Geography department aims to develop students’ awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments on both local and global scales.

Head of Department: Mrs A Burgum

Additional teaching staff:

Miss K Athawes

Mr R McCluskey

Mrs S Marson Jones


Students in KS3 receive one 100 minuet lesson per fortnight. The department is housed on the third floor of the new school, in the Humanities and MFL wing. Facilities within the Geography Department: - Four Humanities teaching rooms including one double room, all with interactive whiteboards. Students also have a set of 30 laptops within the department to be used for research in lessons.
Years 7 and 8 follow a broad curriculum which provides a solid foundation in the subject for continued study of the subject at GCSE. During Year 7 students undertake topics on Britain, rivers and globalisation. in Year 8 students build on their basic geographical knowledge and will undertake units on tectonic hazards, world development and coasts. The aim of the KS3 course is to give students a board knowledge of geographical issues and skills enabling them to have a solid foundation to continue their study of geography at GCSE level.


Student in KS4 receive three 100 minuet lessons per fortnight. if students choose to continue with their study of geography at GCSE they will undertake the AQA GCSE Geography course. This will be graded by the new 1-9 grading system. The course involves covering both human and physical geography as well as fieldwork skills. at the end of the course students will be assessed in 3 examinations covering all aspects of the specification. All students are required to attend two field trips to enable them to write about their experiences in the final exam, taking practical skills and ensuring that students understand data collection and analysis.

Across Years 9-11 students will study:

Living with the physical environment: climatic and tectonic hazards, climate change, physical landscapes of the UK,  ecosystems and fieldwork skills.

This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales.

The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere.

Challenges in the human environment: urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management

This paper is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various stages of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs).

The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and place; the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments.

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