Philosophy and Vision

Geography prepares young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will face our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales.

Curriculum overview

The study of Geography:

  • Stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places
  • Helps young people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world
  • Explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed and how people and their environment interact
  • Inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet
  • Aims to equip our students to become independent learners with the ability to question, investigate and think critically

KS4 Curriculum (Y9-11) – links to GCSE specifications

In Geography pupils follow OCR A (Geographical Themes) 9-1. This consists of three externally examined papers:

Paper 1: Living in the UK Today – Landscapes of the UK, People of the UK and UK Environmental Challenges
Paper 2: The World Around Us – Ecosystems of the Planet, People of the Planet and Environmental Threats to our Planet
Paper 3: Geographical Skills – Geographical Skills and Fieldwork Assessment

KS3 Curriculum (Y7-8)

Key areas studied include:

  • In depth studies of Africa and Asia
  • Using our natural environment
  • Coasts
  • Rivers
  • Population change
  • Extreme events


Students are formally assessed throughout the academic year. Assessment is based on four key objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales
  • Demonstrate geographical understanding of key concepts and inter-relationships between people, environments and processes
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements
  • Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings