Head of Department: Mrs C Owen
Deputy Head of Department: Mrs K Robertson
Mr P Clements
Mr S Witts
The Geography department is a connected department which aims to inspire, engage and motivate students through connections:
· To success through high attainment and aspiration
· To contemporary issues shaping the world around us
· To our local community
· To the wider world
· Through technology
· Through partnerships and teacher development
Topics that we study at KS3 include:
Yr 7: Where in the world? UK Uncovered! What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa? Investigating weather, rivers and coastline in our local area.
Yr 8: Extreme environments. For richer, for poorer? How can we cope with natural hazards? Amazing Asia!
In Year 7 students visit Watchet Beach to investigate coastal processes.
In KS4 we study AQA GCSE Geography:
Year 9: The Living World, UK landscapes and Rivers, Urban Challenges (Bristol and Kampala case studies).
Year 10: Challenge of Natural Hazards, Resource Management, UK Coasts.
Year 11: The Changing Economic World and Geovise.
All year 9 students participate in a fieldwork day to the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone in Bristol and all year 10 students carry out fieldwork on Monmouth beach in Lyme Regis.
In KS5 we study AQA A level Geography:
Physical Geography: Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems & Hazards.
Human Geography: Global Systems and Governance, Changing Places & Resource management
We also study OCR A level Sociology:
Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity – focus on Youth Culture
Component 2: Research methods and inequality
Component 3: Digital and Social World and Education
Focus on Excellence:
The department is a Geographical Association Centre of Excellence. We have strong links with the local community, other geography departments across TPLT and Somerset and the Kasubi schools group in Uganda. Mrs Owen is a Chartered Geographer and the author of several geography books.
Follow the geography department on Twitter @KASGeog
To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here- https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects
In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-
Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.
Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.
Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.
Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.
Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.
Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.
Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.
College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.
And plenty more!
The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.
The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email email@example.com
To see the Year 7 Learning Cycle 1 Homework booklet please click here.