The Geography Department consists of a team of two full-time and one student subject specialists who are based in a suite of attractive, well-resourced classrooms. Each teacher has a classroom base and is able to enhance the environment in which they work with a large range of resources, including a smartboard in each classroom and access to the department’s mobile bank of laptops. We also use online learning in KS3 and KS4. We use our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment - Fronter) to deliver and develop pupils learning both in and out of school hours. Staff are dedicated to ensuring that pupils reach their full potential and to creating a vibrant and inspirational environment for learning.
The department aims to give full access to the Geography curriculum for all pupils up to GCSE level, regardless of their gender, ability or background. We wish to allow pupils to experience 'positive achievement', to reinforce and make links with other areas of their curriculum. We build on pupils experiences in primary school and we make use of their personal experiences, relating them to the worlds of work and leisure, whilst developing their investigative and communicative skills. We strive to ensure that the form of the curriculum and the approaches to teaching and learning lead to a greater appreciation of Geography and its relevance to both the individual and society and to cater for the needs and aspirations of all pupils within a balanced whole-school curriculum.
In KS3, schemes of work are designed to deliver a broad and interesting range of content and to develop a range of geographical skills. In KS4, pupils study AQA Geography specification A. Schemes of work and session planning are done as a team. It is essential that the successful candidate shares this desire for creative team planning and teaching.
The weekly curriculum for students is
100 minutes a week of Geography at KS3
150 minutes a week of Geography at KS4
Geography is a successful subject in an outstanding school and the department is always seeking to improve on its performance. We are always striving to improve standards of teaching and learning across the Department. Our FairTrade club provides students with additional enjoyment of Geography after school and promotes great interest in the students. Geography is our passion, teaching is a joy, behaviour is exemplary and staff are committed, creative and reflective.