Miss E. Wharton – Head of Geography
Mr. D. Bird


Our main aim is to encourage students to enjoy Geography and to develop a sympathetic knowledge and understanding of Planet Earth.

The Geography Department also attempts to work in ways that will help the School as a whole to achieve its aims. This includes treating students as individuals with individual needs, encouraging high standards of work and behaviour and valuing the cultural diversity of the School, and seeking to develop greater understanding both locally and globally.


At KS3 there are a number of key concepts including space, place, scale , interdependence, physical and human processes, environmental interaction and sustainability and cultural understanding and diversity that underpin the study of Geography. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. The concepts are taught through a variety of units of work throughout KS3.

Year 7

  • What is Geography?
  • Mapskills
  • Population
  • Settlement
  • Geography of the UK
  • Geography of crime

Year 8

  • Economic Activity
  • Development
  • Comparing 2 places – Africa and China
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Fieldwork – Rocks and weathering

Year 9

  • Water, rivers and flooding
  • Weather and climate and hurricanes
  • Caring for our environment
  • Our planet our future

Key stage 4 GCSE

AQA Specification A

The course develops understanding of Geography by examining current issues such as migration, sea level change, rain forest destruction, globalisation and fair trade. Wherever possible, case studies are used to provide greater depth.

The exam consists of two papers (Physical Geography and Human Geography) and controlled assessment (fieldwork investigation).

Sixth Form

Why Geography?

It’s a unique subject, because it acts as a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. This can be an advantage if you want to be flexible when considering your options for higher education or careers.

The AS Modules (AQA Specification)

Unit 1: Includes physical geography (rivers, cold environments) and human geography (population and energy issues). 
Unit 2: Geographical skills.

The A2 Modules (AQA B)

Unit 3: Physical geography – Plate tectonics and Climatic hazards

Human geography –  World cities, geography of conflict.

Unit 4: Practical paper, including fieldwork investigation and other geographical skills.


Some examples of how the department seeks to enrich the classroom study of Geography: .

  • Students are encouraged to carry out their own research investigations and fieldwork. In Year 7, day visits are arranged as part of the Opening Minds programme. Year 8 students carry out fieldwork in Dovedale, the Peak District. At GCSE students carry out a day’s river study for their controlled assessment and there is a dat’s fieldwork visit to Snowdonia and a residential field week to Devon in the Sixth Form.