The Geography department’s vision is to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. 


Rationale and aims:

  • To develop confident students who reflect on their learning in order to make sustained progress in their geographical understanding of the world.
  • To promote understanding of different values and attitudes held by stakeholders in order to develop harmonious relationships in our shrinking world.
  • To provide the students with the tools to be able to assess the sustainability of environmental management approaches.
  • To develop geographical skills including map reading, data collection (fieldwork), analysis and evaluation of geographical information.
  • To provide students with a number of transferable skills such as collaborative teamwork, ICT and mathematical analysis.    
  • To make contemporary issues real to the students by drawing on their own experiences and help them to reflect on the ways their lifestyles impact on our planet.
  • To promote a respect and interest for Geography and open the students eyes to the numerous possible geographical career pathways.


Focus for year 7 students

In year 7 we aim to stimulate an interest and sense of wonder about places by developing the students’ basic knowledge and geographical understanding. Through enquiry, they will learn where places are, how to compare them and what makes them special. Students will develop map reading skills, analyse glacial processes and study life in Indian cities.

Focus for year 8 students:

Throughout year 8, the students analyse geographical patterns in order to make links between place and human activity. Students develop their map skill through unpicking crime data, assess global inequalities through studying the coffee trade and develop their understanding of the physical environmental by studying ancient limestone landscapes.

Focus for year 9 students:

In the final year of Key Stage 3, the students make sense of our complex and dynamically changing world by learning how the sustainable management of a large scale ecosystem can be achieved. Students will compare and contrast different tectonic events and look at way to reduce the development gap. The students will also study the how the rise of the China, the “next big superpower”, may impact on their future. The central aim of year 9 is to give the students the necessary knowledge, skills and desire to be successful geographers at Key Stage 4.

Focus for year 10:

In year 10 the students build upon their prior knowledge through investigating a combination of human and physical topics. These topics explain where places are, how places and landscapes are formed how people and their environment interact. The course builds on the students’ own experiences to help investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global. The majority of the core units of the WJEC course are covered including river management, living in the disaster zone and population and global issues. The students complete year 10 by undertaking a piece of the fieldwork which underpins the first controlled assessment.

Focus for year 11:

In year 11 the students complete the two pieces of controlled assessment, one based on the year 10 fieldwork and the other focused on decision making skills. The students study the extended units which encompass living things, retail and tourism. The units provide the final building blocks the students need to become well rounded geographers who are ready to take on the challenges at A level.

Focus for A level:

At A level, the students develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world. They develop their awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global. The students’ improve as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own, and cement their role as impassioned global citizens.


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