All students study Geography throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 for either three or four periods over two weeks. During this time they will follow the National Curriculum in Geography. The work is organised in topics, which include Tectonics, Mapping Festivals, Who do you think you are? (Investigating the UK and Europe), Paradise Lost (Tourism), India and a unit of work dedicated to discovering, improving and experimenting with Geographical Skills in Year 7.
In Year 8 we study Coasts, Exploring our World! (Map skills), Diverse Places (investigating a range of ecosystems), The Geography of Disease, What’s the use? (Resource management) and Weather and Climate.
In Year 9 we look at Rivers and Floods, China, Fantastic and Impossible Places, Population and Housing in the UK, Changing my World! (Climate change), Trade and Development (with a focus on Africa). We finish the year with a synoptic project.
During Key Stage 3 we aim to take all students on a field trip where we practise elements of the Geography we have studied in class. In the past we have also taken a group of the gifted and talented students in Year 7 along the River Wyre to investigate how the river changes downstream of the source.
At GCSE, students may opt to study Geography where we follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A Syllabus. In Year 10, students study Weather Hazards and Climate Change, Global Development and The Changing Landscapes of the UK. In Year 11, students will study Changing Cities, Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management and Resource Management. Students will carry out Geographical Investigations whilst on two fieldtrips, one will take place in Year 10 and investigate either rivers or coasts and the second will take place in Year 11 and investigate urban environments in a nearby town or city. The data collected during the investigations will be used by the students in their GCSE exams.
Throughout Years 7 – 11, students are taught by highly qualified specialist Geography teachers and we aim to enable pupils to reach the highest possible standards throughout their time with us.
In the Sixth Form we again follow the Edexcel Syllabus. We are pleased with the success of our candidates, especially the high pass rate over the last five years. The syllabus is split into Human and Physical Geography. In Year 12 students study Globalisation, Diverse Places, Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Coastal Landscapes. In Year 13 they will study Superpowers, Global Development and Connections, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security and The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity. Again, fieldwork is an important element of this course and is undertaken during Year 12 and Year 13.
Many of our students have continued their studies in Geography by following Degree courses at Universities including Durham, Keele, Lancaster, Manchester, Portsmouth and Chester.