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, and are now above national average both at grades 9-7 and 9-4. 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 to investigate enquiry questions, collect and interpret data. A fieldtrip is usually offered at the end of Year 8 to explore the local Geography.
In Key Stage 4, the course combines a mixture of Physical and Human aspects of Geography. Pupils participate on a fieldtrip to Hunstanton and Peterborough City Centre to collect data and have the opportunity to take part in an enrichment trip, in the past this has been to Italy and Switzerland.
The A Level course involves both Physical and Human topics within Geography. The course combines a mixture of traditional exams with an issues-based enquiry and coursework. Pupils participate in a fieldtrip to Wales to collect data and have the opportunity to take part in an enrichment trip, in the past this has been to the USA, China and Iceland.
The attendance on trips will always be subject to appropriate travel advice from the Government.
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. Digital learning is at the heart of the department’s Geography teaching.
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 the catch up programme for all pupils.