We consider our subject vital in today's globally focused world and in support of the school's international links.
Fieldwork is an essential part of teaching, with fieldtrips across all year groups. U3 participate in a field trip to the Tyne valley and to Kielder, L4 girls study coasts at Craster and U4 study flooding in York. For GCSE students we take field trips to Kielder and Newcastle. Our Sixth form students study coasts at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and on a visit to the Holderness coast in Yorkshire. They look at re-branding on Newcastle Quayside and on a visit to Holmfirth, 'Last of the Summer Wine' country. In addition, the department takes regular fieldtrips abroad. Recent visits have included Barcelona (2005), Amsterdam (2006) and Naples (2008), with Morocco planned for 2011.
Our teaching uses a variety of methods to encourage independent and analytical thought, including role play, ICT research, interactive games and thinking skills activities such as living graphs and mysteries.
Our methods bring us success at all levels:
In 2010 at A level there were 100% of grades at A to C (including 50% of those at grade A). At GCSE (Higher Level) there was a 100% A to C pass rate, with 27% of grades at A*.
Many of our A level students go on to study Geography at Universities such as Durham and Edinburgh. In 2010 seven of our A2 students opted to study a Geography degree at university. Others use their Geography A level to qualify for courses as diverse as Medicine, Business Studies, Law, Art, Engineering and Town and Country Planning.
GCSE: Specification Edexcel B
A level: Specification Edexcel
Full details of the course content for GCSE and AS/A2 level are available from the Geography Department.