The Geography Department has continued to have a large number of students at GCSE and A-Level. Year 13 achieved 6 A* to A grades in the legacy specification. With all of our students achieving A* to D grades. We have enjoyed teaching the reformed A-Level and look forward to the results in the summer. Our GCSE results were again a success, exceeding national average and with 36% achieving A*/A.
The Geography Department continues to offer an exciting range of fieldwork opportunities to enhance pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography curriculum, bringing theory to life and enabling pupils to experience Geography at first hand. This year, pupils in Year 7 visited Shere as part of their ‘Sense of Place’ unit. As part of the reformed GCSE pupils need to complete two days of fieldwork that they then apply to an exam; all Year 10 Geography pupils visited Brighton to investigate the impact of coastal management on coastal processes and communities and Year 11 pupils went to Slough and Windsor to compare the quality of life. Year 9 Gifted and Talented pupils successfully used their geographical skills to find their way around the city of Oxford in the Summer Term without getting lost! A Year 7 trip was also run to the Living Rainforest in Berkshire. Year 12 pupils made a great success out of their fieldtrip to the Dorset Coast in the Summer Term with highlight’s being the Night Safari where pupils got to orienteer in the dark.
Year 7 and 8 geography pupils have been given the chance to be creative in Geography clubs at lunchtime. They have been making models of rivers and beaches, creating their own countries, helping to update classroom displays, planning and speaking in the Geography Awareness week assembly.