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Geography

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment in both time and space. It seeks to identify trends and patterns in these interactions and examines the processes behind them. It also investigates the way that people adapt and respond to change and evaluates management strategies associated with such change. Geography describes and helps to explain the similarities and differences between spaces and places.

Student Statements


“Geography is one of my favourite subjects, I am achieving an A*.”

“Geography is fun.”

“Geography is awesome. I love the fieldtrips.”

“I really enjoy Mrs Pengelly’s style of lessons.”

“It’s really interesting. I love finding out about the world.”

Year 7


Students will study the following topics; Introducing Geography, Map Skills, Rivers, Settlement and Into Africa. Key questions we will be answering in year 7 include; how can I be a successful learner in Geography? How do we read maps?  What are the processes and landforms associated with rivers? Where is Africa and what are its human and physical features? This will involve a variety of lesson techniques that will enable year 7 students to grasp an understanding of the key skills needed to succeed in Geography, knowledge of their local area and of the physical and human changes in the world.

Year 8


Students will study the following topics; Tectonics, Climate and Ecosystems and The Rise of China.  Key questions we will be answering in year 8 include; What are the causes, effects and responses to tectonic events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis?  What factors affect the climate of the world?  What are ecosystems and what factors affect their location?  How are our actions impacting Antarctica? This will involve a variety of lesson techniques that will enable year 8 students to grasp an understanding of the key skills needed to succeed in Geography, knowledge and understanding of the physical and human changes in the world. 

Year 9/10/11


Description of the course

All students study the AQA 9-1 exam specification. During Year 9 students are introduced to key skills in Geography before embarking on the exam topics.  This includes a study of climate graphs as well as a short investigation to introduce students to the route to enquiry.  Exam topics studied in Year 9 include Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Challenge of Resource Management. During Year 10 we study the following units in detail; Urban Issues and The Living World. In Year 11 students study The Challeneg of Natural Hazards and The Changing Economic World. Throughout the course students will conduct 2 fieldwork enquiries which are assessed in the third GCSE examination.

The balanced core of human and physical Geography covers knowledge of places, decision making techniques, problem solving and an awareness of environmental issues.

Assessment Procedure

Regular mid and end of unit assessments will take place throughout the three year course.  Internal mock examinations will take place at the end of year 9 and 10.  Year 11 students will be examined in December and March via an internal mock examination.

In the summer of Year 11 students will take three external examinations.  Unit 1 Living with the Physical Enviornment, Unit 2 Challenges in the Human Environment and Unit 3 Geographical Applications. The Unit 1 and 2 examinations are 1 hour 30 minutes and accountable for 35% of the total marks. The Unit 3 examination is 1 hour 15 minutes and worth 30% of the total marks.  

Meet the staff


  • Miss M Harris – Head of Geography
  • Mrs J Pengelley – Teacher of Geography
  • Mr J Strachan – Teacher of Geography