The Geography department is a thriving and successful department. The department is made up of a Head of Department and four additional Geography teachers:
Jo Francis – Teacher of Geography
Andrew Jones - Teacher of Geography
James Pepper - Teacher of Geography
Emma Veale - Head of Department
Emma Ward - Teacher of Geography
The Geography department works as part of a team with a shared vision for teaching and learning and supporting pupils to achieve their best. Over recent years, GCSE results have risen to 94% of pupils achieving A*-C grades in Geography (August 2014). The department is very proud of every pupil’s achievement and seeing our pupils go to some of the best universities, including Cambridge University, to continue their study of Geography.
In Key Stage 3, the department follows the National Curriculum, providing varied topics, both traditional and contemporary, to study. The department encourages out of classroom learning, such as pupils using equipment to measure microclimates for an investigation in Year 7.
In Key Stage 4, the department follows the new linear Edexcel Specification B course. The course combines Physical and Human aspects of Geography with a mixture of traditional exams and enquiry based controlled assessment. Pupils participate on a fieldtrip to Hunstanton to collect data and have the opportunity to take part in an enrichment trip to either the Sorrento area of Italy or the Amsterdam area of the Netherlands.
In Key Stage 5, the department follows the Edexcel Specification course. Again, the course involves both Physical and Human topics within Geography. Pupils have the option to focus their studies in Year 13 on their preferred area of Geography and study independently in preparation for university. Pupils participate in a fieldtrip to Wales to collect data and, this year, have the chance to take part in an enrichment trip to Iceland.
Throughout all years, pupils are taught a range of transferable skills which link in well to other subjects, further education and the world of work.
As a department, we are continuously looking forward and determined to improve. The department meets regularly to discuss pupil progress for all Year Groups, but also for key groups, for example, Gifted and Talented and Pupil Premium. The department strongly believes in rewarding pupils by using the school’s SIMS Points system and contacting parents.
The aim of the department over the next few years is to maintain the high standards already achieved and to focus on performance at the very top end for all Key Stages.