“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future”

Head of Humanities Faculty

Mrs C McGahey

Head of Geography

Mr S Iddon


Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. (National Curriculum 2014)

Geography is so much more than places on a map. A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Studying geography will equip pupils with a knowledge of diverse places, people and the environment. Developing a deep understanding of the increasing complexities of the earth’s processes is becoming ever more important to the future of our planet. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

 You can find more information on our geography curriculum by clicking on the links below.

In the Geography department, we aim to create sparks of enquiry. At all Key Stages we encourage students to investigate the environments in which they interact with. We promote independent thinking and reflection by allowing students to explore, enquire, understand and apply their geographical knowledge.

The department strives to encourage all students to explore geographical issues in the news. We aim to create empathetic citizens who can reflect on the quality of other people’s lives. Amongst students we promote environmental awareness and encourage all to become the future stewards of our planet.

Our Geography curriculum is designed to build both knowledge and skills; we do not teach to the test, we teach to build knowledge and cultural capital. Consequently, the KS3 curriculum explores a wider variety of key processes and concepts than is required for KS4. This knowledge will compliment and consolidate key processes and concepts explored in KS4, in addition to increasing cultural capital.

An overview of the topics covered at Key Stage 3 is shown below:

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn What is Geography?


Rainforest biomes

Globalisation and fashion


Bridging the development gap

Spring Tourism

Map skills





Summer Restless earth

Fantastic and forbidden places

Climate change



KS4 Students follow the AQA geography syllabus A. This provides students with the opportunity to develop communication, graphical and cartographical skills, problem solving and to develop their inter-personal skills through debate and discussion. Below is a breakdown of the course:

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Physical Landscapes in the UK

Urban Issues and Challenges

The Challenge of Natural Hazards Changing Economic World

Physical Geography Field Trip

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
The Living World The Challenge of Resource Management

Energy Issues

Human Geography Field Trip

Pre Release Material Preparation