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Department Vision and Priorities

Our vision is that pupils develop an awareness and fascination for the human, physical and environmental issues that surround them in both the local area and the wider world. To achieve this vision we will:


  • Provide a geography curriculum that is modern and relevant to our pupils
  • Develop pupil’s independence and confidence through geographical enquiry
  • Ensure that all pupils are able to access the curriculum and make good progress
  • Develop pupils’ geographical skills to ensure future success
  • Provide a range of opportunities for out of class learning through fieldwork and educational visits
  • Promote geography as a vehicle for becoming a well-educated global citizen


Our priorities  are to increase the rate of pupil progress and so increase the percentage of pupils achieving A*- C GCSE grades, whilst reducing the attainment gap between groups of pupils, and to develop the quality of teaching so that all teaching is graded as good or outstanding.


One of our key objectives is to make learning and teaching the focus of all that we do, so that we can increase progress and attainment in both key stages. In our department teachers make good use of prior data, which is used to set targets and shape teaching and learning. We have focused on differentiating materials to meet the needs of all learners, and to support Year 7 in particular as they embark on the transition from primary to secondary school.


We are confident that pupils are aware of targets and how to achieve them. We are currently focusing on pupils’ understanding of the skills and key processes they need to develop in order to support further progress in their geographical education.



Geography is taught by six teachers; Ms Lowe, Ms Boakye –Mensah, Ms Duvenage, Ms Nasim, Mr Bray and Mr Galoria





Pupils follow the Geography National Curriculum over three years.

Year 7

1. Introduction to geography and geographical skills

2. The UK: Human and physical landscape.

3. Rivers and flooding

4. Deserts


Year 8

1. Asia: a study of issues and countries across the continent

2. Africa: study of issues across the continent

3. Coasts (from 2015/2016).

4. Geographical decision making: Who should win the bid?


Year 9

1. Glaciation and climate change

2. Coasts (2015/2016 only)

3. Rocks, resources and scenery

4. Geographical information systems (GIS)


The schemes of work incorporate the development of geographical enquiry and skills.


Pupils follow GCSE Geography AQA Specification A.

The specification is divided in to the two main areas: Human Geography and Physical Geography.

Units covered are:


Physical geography.

1. The restless Earth.

2. Water on the land

3. Living world

4. Ice on the Land (2015/16 Year 10)


Human geography

1. Changing urban environments

2. The development gap

3. Tourism

4. Population change (2015/16 Year 10)


In addition pupils complete a fieldwork investigation into one unit from the specification. The fieldwork data is either collected on a residential visit to Derbyshire or on visits in the local area.



At both key stages pupils are assessed via teacher assessment of class and homework. In addition end of unit tests are taken which are designed to assess pupils’ geographical knowledge, skills and understanding. Yearly internal examinations are taken in line with the whole school examination schedule.  Pupils in Year 11 sit their final examinations in the summer series of GCSE public examinations.  Pupils sit two 1.5 hour written examination papers- Human Geography and Physical Geography both worth 37.5%.  The controlled assessment, based on data collected by the pupil’s during fieldwork, is worth 25% of the examination and is completed during the autumn term of Year 11.



Pupils at both key stages are set homework once a week.  Homework tasks have been designed to be accessible for all pupils whilst still providing challenge for all. Tasks vary from ones requiring written responses to increasing geographical knowledge via research and watching geographical videos.





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