Geography

Overview

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Subject Leader: Miss A. Squires

The Geography department is a thriving, dynamic department with students reporting that lessons are engaging, motivating and above all planned for all students to progress. 

A large number of students choose to study Geography each year, with approximately 200 students in Years 9-11 studying the GCSE course. At Key Stage 5 Geography has around 25 students completing the course across Years 12 and 13.

The department is well resourced with access to laptops and online subscriptions through the Geographical Society.  The department also has displays of student work in classrooms and an array of visual stimuli including 3D maps to aid student enjoyment of the subject.

Through fieldwork and educational visits the department enhances student learning and offers unique opportunities that young people can fully immerse themselves in.

Strengths

The Geography department is driven to ensure that students are enthused by this fascinating subject, prepared well for the challenges of the course and achieve highly.

Teaching includes good and outstanding practice at all key stages.

Students continue to enjoy the independent learning projects set for homework in Geography at Key Stage 3 and respond well to interesting creative activities on a range of thought provoking topics.

The department was awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) award in 2020 in association with the Geographical Association after showcasing our high quality teaching and learning.

Enrichment and Intervention

Geography run fieldwork trips at Key Stage 4-5, with visits to London on the Thames Clipper, Juniper Hall FSC and Leeson House on the south east coast, a residential for Year 13. A Level students also have the opportunity for a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland.

Geography run regular examination intervention sessions that are well attended by students to improve their grades, especially at Year 11.

Geography ambassadors promote the subject through the running of whole school competitions, Geography film club and supporting school events. They also have the opportunity to ignite their love of the subject on a variety of unique trips.

Geography have continued to run student presentation afternoons where students in Key Stage 3 have presented their independent learning projects and creations to staff and their peers.

Destinations

Each year students go on to study Geography after A Level. This year students received conditional offers at St. Marys University and Exeter. 

Future Developments

Continue the review and development of schemes of work at all key stages through sharing best practice and close liaison with exam boards to learn more about specifications and prepare students well for the expectations of exam boards.

Promotion of the subject around the school with support from the subject ambassadors and as an option choice at Key Stage 4 and 5 to encourage an increase in numbers of students studying the subject.

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