Mr Galloway: Director of Teaching and Learning – Global Faculty

Course Information

Geography units of work provide students with the opportunity for in depth investigations of case studies taken from local, national, international and global settings. Students will develop their general skills and their understanding of the world around them.  We believe strongly that geographical understanding of places and the human decisions that influenced their character cannot be acquired without a consideration of the values and attitudes of the stakeholders involved.  Fieldwork is an important part of the course with opportunities to investigate the local environment and further afield in each year group.

Course Content

Course Content
Year 7In Year 7 the department aims to deliver Geography, History and Religious Studies with one member of staff. We believe this offers continuity as students settle into secondary education. The course starts with an introduction to Our Town which is followed by students completing a decision making exercise based on our residential trip to Castleton. Students also complete a unit of work on map skills and a unit celebrating the culture and life of Brazil.
Year 8Students in Year 8 study a range of physical and human geography topics including Tourism with a focus on developing decision making skills, Coasts, Population and Urbanisation, Weather and Climate Change plus a local environment fieldwork study where students can develop their primary and secondary data collection skills in preparation for the GCSE Geography course.
Year 9Students in Year 9 again study a range of physical and human geography topics. Development and the Fashion Industry is studied alongside a study of Tectonic Landscapes and Natural Hazards, a country case study where we study China as a Superpower, a unit on Global Futures to equip students with the understanding of contemporary Geographical issues plus a research topic where students can rehearse and refine their research skills in preparation for study at GCSE.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

The department offers a wide range of opportunities to participate in field study visits. All students can attend the Castleton residential in Year 7 as well as visiting the local church.  Each academic year we also arrange a number of full day and residential fieldwork visits.  The aim of the department is to use the wider community and its members as an integral part of the curriculum.  We also encourage visitors into school to enrich students’ learning experiences.


We use a range of assessment techniques across the department. Learning is assessed routinely in lessons as well as in more formal assessment settings.  We feel this helps students to reflect on their learning and teachers to adapt their practice to support the progress of students.  Books are marked on a 2-3 week cycle with detailed feedback being given on extended pieces of work and homework tasks.  Students respond to feedback in green pen to help improve their learning.  Homework is set as per the schools homework calendar with a range of tasks being set to support and challenge all learners.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Geography curriculum please email for more information.