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Head of Department - Mr R Evans

 Department Overview

Geography plays a unique role in supporting our young people. As they will be moving in a globalised society, it is important that they understand the historical links, religious diversity and environmental challenges that make up the modern interconnected world. The role of Geography is to allow all students to be aware that they are global citizens and give them a sense of place and responsibility in a dynamic international community.

The Department has 2 full-time teachers and one part-time member. The team are dedicated, hard-working and committed to helping all students fulfill their potential. The Department aims for give a broad and excellent in sight in to our changing world not only in the classroom, but with working with external organisations including the Woodland Trust, GLP, RGS and Earthwatch.



Subject Teacher

Responsible to Head of Department for day-to-day duties.


  • Working within the framework of the National Curriculum and KS 3 framework, plan and deliver lessons appropriate to the age and ability of group.
  • Follow the guidelines laid down within the department concerning the Programs of Study and teaching methods. 
  • Record student attendance at the beginning of each lesson, following up suspicious absences.
  • Attending department meetings and those designated "sharing good practice".
  • Monitoring student progress and completing regular reports/data sheets as requested by HoD/ SLG. Following safety procedures currently defined within the school and department.
  • Maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning and promotes a positive attitude towards Geography and personal development. 
  • Contribute to the development and review of PoS.
  • Maintain good discipline, working within the department and schools framework.
  • Be aware of students who have Individual Educational Plans and ensure that they are fulfilled.
  • Use data to inform planning.
  • Identify and cater for the needs of those children deemed "Gifted and Talented"
  • Mark books and students work in line with the school policy


Department organisation


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

2 lessons

2 lessons

2 lessons

2 lessons

3 lessons

4 lessons

4 lessons



Key Stage 3 Units


Year 7

  • Global Issues
  • Exploring England
  • Coasts
  • Map Skills
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes

Year 8

  • Brazil
  • Ecosystems
  • Crime
  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Extreme Weather
  • Tourism



Year 9

Topic 1:  Global Hazards

Chapter 1 How can weather be hazardous?

Chapter 2 How do plate tectonics shape our world?


Topic 2:  Changing Climate

Chapter 3 What evidence is there to suggest climate change is a natural process?


Topic 3:  Distinctive Landscapes

Chapter 4 What makes landscapes distinctive?

Chapter 5 What influences the landscape of the UK?


Year 10  

Topic 4:  Sustaining Ecosystems

Chapter 6 Why are natural ecosystems important?

Chapter 7 Why should tropical rainforests matter to us?

Chapter 8 Is there more to polar environments than ice?


Topic 5:  Urban Futures

Chapter 9 Why do more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas?

Chapter10 What are the challenges and opportunities for cities today?


Topic 6:  Dynamic Development

Chapter 11 Why are some countries richer than others?

Chapter 12 Are LIDCs likely to stay poor?


Year 11

Topic 7

Chapter 13 How is the UK changing on the 21st century?

Chapter 14 Is the UK losing its global significance?


Topic 8

Chapter 15 Will we run out of natural resources?

Chapter 16 Can we feed nine billion people by 2050?


Fieldwork and Geographical Exploration

Chapter 17 Geography fieldwork

Chapter 18 Geographical exploration


A level OCR Specification


Course is run over two years.  Mock exams are held in both year 12 and 13 to monitor students’ progress.  Compulsory week’s field trip to FSC Nettlecombe is conducted in the second year of the course. 

There are three papers and an independent investigation (60 marks): 


Paper 1 Physical systems (66 marks)

Paper 2 Human interactions (66 marks)

Paper 3 Geographical debates (108 marks)

Coastal Landscapes

Earth’s life support system


Changing spaces; making places

Human rights

Disease dilemmas


Disease dilemmas

Hazardous Earth


Main text book used OCR A Level Geography, 2016 - Hodder Education:


Field Trips


Year 7 - Princes Risborough Town

Year 8 – Local environment study

Year 10 - River Chess

Year 11 – Urban investigation in High Wycombe

Year 12 – Somerset

Year 13 – University of Oxford



The department has two main teaching areas M25 and S22. Both rooms have Interactive whiteboards, video player, level descriptions displayed and a welcoming environment. The rooms are also used by other subjects on a number of occasions.



Homework is set in line with school policy. When the coursework element of the course is undertaken, the expectation of the student is that they will focus on that until the set deadline.