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Geography

Geography is about the world in which we live, the environment and the impact on it of the decisions we make.

We promote an informed concern for the environment and a sense of responsibility for the earth. We also aim to develop an awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing people in different regions and an understanding of global citizenship and the interdependence of global societies.

All pupils study Geography at KS3. We follow the National Curriculum using the UK, India, Brazil and Tanzania as our focus. The thriving Geography Club is lead by a group of enthusiastic Sixth Formers.

Geography is a popular choice at GCSE. We follow AQA Specification A, with 25% controlled assessment based on fieldwork. This dynamic, issues-based course constantly draws in current developments.

At AS/A2 we follow the AQA syllabus focusing on geographical issues and their impact. We regularly attend the Geographical Association lectures held at Manchester University, and also encourage a team to take part in the UN student debating forum.  A good proportion of our students choose to study Geography at university with a pleasing number being accepted at either Oxford or Cambridge.

Fieldwork is important for all year groups. We regularly visit such places as Formby, Rivington, Manchester and the Lake District. The Sixth Form have two compulsory field trips, to Manchester and a four day trip to Devon.  We also offer Year 10 –Year 13 pupils the opportunity to join optional trips abroad such as the recent visits to China, Italy and Iceland. In March 2013 we will be visiting the west coast of the United States of America to study ecosystems, plate tectonics and hot deserts.

Year 10 girls at White Moss Common, Grasmere

Year 10 girls at White Moss Common, Grasmere

Year 10 girls at White Moss Common, Grasmere Year 10 girls at White Moss Common, Grasmere