The Geography Department has continued to have a large number of students at GCSE. Year 13 achieved an ALPs grade of 3, with 5 pupils achieving an A* or A in the new specification. Our GCSE results were again a success, exceeding national average and with 22% achieving 7-9 grades.
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, enabling them compare a rural area to their local place. 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 Seaford 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 most able 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 are currently working on their Independent Investigation ideas, spending a day in London looking at regeneration in Stratford and Canning Town, taking the emirates cable car to Greenwich providing them with unique views of London's most popular sights including Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the O2 Arena. They will spend 3 more days collecting data in July. 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.