Geography is the study of the world around us and the interaction of human and physical features that shape everyone’s lives, day in day out.

Just turn on the news and there is geography in action. Be it a natural disaster, political upheaval, mass migration, GM crops or fracking; geography impacts all of use, all the time!

Geography provides students with the opportunity to:

  • explore the socio-economic factors that shape day to day lives
  • understand the causes, impacts and differing responses to a wide variety of natural and manmade hazards
  • investigating and gain a greater understanding of contemporary issues
  • appreciate and gain a greater understanding of how global events have local impacts on themselves and those around them
  • develop a range of interchangeable skills, and deploy them in new context.
People should study geography because it affects our life, every day, now and in the future; understanding geography ensures we can protect our planet.
Will Wood, Year 10

What's been happening in the geography department recently?

Year 13 students were involved in a residential fieldwork visit to Malham Field Studies Centre where they had the opportunity to collaborate with students from other centres and collect a range of primary and secondary geographical data.

They then we able to work with the experts at the centre to analyse and evaluate their findings in order to deepen their geographical understanding of the centre's nearby habitats which include limestone pavement, grazed and ungrazed grassland, woodland and species-rich fen, acid peat pools and stony hill streams.


Curriculum information:

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Year 7 focuses on developing a range of core geographical skills whilst fostering a passion for the subject. The curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 with students exploring key concepts in a range of different human and physical environments.

Topics taught

  • Geographical skills
  • Wonderful people and places
  • Weather

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Year 8 develops students’ geographical thinking and enquiry skills which are needed at Key Stage 4. Students apply key concepts such as causes, primary and secondary effects and responses, as well as the interrelationship between human and physical landscapes.

Topics taught

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Global population
  • River landscapes
  • Climate change
  • Tropical storms
  • UK settlement change

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Year 9 is designed as a transition between Key Stage 3 and GCSE. Students continue to study the core geographical themes building upon previous knowledge in increased complexity.

Topics taught

  • Hydrological hazards
  • Sustainability
  • Students start the GCSE specification (physical paper)

Year 10


Learning outcomes

Year 10 is specifically designed to meet the curriculum needs of the AQA GCSE specification focusing on developing depth and breadth of curriculum content as well as analysis and application of knowledge.

Topics taught

  • Tectonic hazards
  • Weather hazards
  • Climate hazards
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical rainforest
  • Polar environments
  • Urbanisation

Year 11


Learning outcomes

Year 11 continues to review and imbed previous knowledge, whilst developing new curriculum content in depth. Students study Edexcel specification A which consists of three examinations and one piece of controlled assessment; each element is worth 25%.

Topics taught

  • Population change
  • Settlement change
  • Economic change
  • Wasteful world
  • Geographical skills
  • Revision
Geography is fun, engaging and educating. It’s not just about maps and places, it’s about the present and the past, what’s in it and how we impact it all.
Kirst Robin McLachlan, Year 8