As a successful department we aim to stimulate an interest and a sense of wonder about places. We help students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Our Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Students will build on their own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.​​​​​​​

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • D. Hancock – Head of Department
  • C. Ward – Second in Department
  • H. Patel – Teacher

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based on the following six themes, with each year group being taught the same theme within a half term:

Theme 1 – Places of the world

  • Year 7 – Britain and Europe
  • Year 8 – Rise and rise of China
  • Year 9 – Fantastic Places

Theme 2 – Extreme world

  • Year 7 – Wild weather
  • Year 8 – Ecosystems
  • Year 9 – Nature’s fury

Theme 3 – Rich and poor world

  • Year 7 – Moving stories
  • Year 8 – A thorny issue
  • Year 9 – International relations

Theme 4 – Skills to explore the world

  • Year 7- Map skills
  • Year 8 – Investigation skills
  • Year 9 – Crime and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Theme 5 – Future world

  • Year 7 – Rise and rise of China
  • Year 8 – Changing my world
  • Year 9 – Incredible India

Theme 6 – Natural world

  • Coasts
  • Cold environments
  • Rocks and resources

Our exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.  Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond. The qualification is made up of:

Paper 1 Living with the physical environment (35%)

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • The living world
  • Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2 Challenges in the human environment (35%)

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management

Paper 3 Geographical Applications (30%)

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

The AQA A-level specification is currently undertaken by all students opting to study Geography at Key Stage 5. It will excite students’ minds, challenge their perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills.

The course is made of the following three components:

Component 1: Physical geography (40%)

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

Component 2: Human geography (40%)

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments

Component 3: Geographical fieldwork investigation (20%)

  • Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.