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Head of Department – Mrs S Allen

The Geography Department is the window to our changing world. From our small corner of St Martin’s we can glimpse and then study in depth issues such as our local environment, weather, where and how we live, issues of sustainability, the geography of disease and global issues such as natural hazards and climate change. Our lessons also take inspiration from current events and David Attenborough as our students investigate plastic in our oceans and the disappearing rainforests.

During GCSE we focus on the challenge of natural hazards around the world, comparing and contrasting our world biomes as well as the issues and challenges of the growth of population in cities around the world. This year the geography department received its first AQA GCSE results under the new 9-1 grading system; an impressive 80% of pupils achieved a grade 9-4.

At A Level we focus on the subject in two branches, physical geography and human geography as well as pupils completing independent fieldwork research. In physical geography pupils further their tectonic learning and are introduced to topics such as the carbon cycle and water insecurity. In human geography pupils focus on globalisation and the rise and fall of superpower nations, topics which are strongly linked to current affairs in the media. This year 100% of all pupils achieve A*-C grades in their Edexcel A Level examinations.

Geography is a popular subject at all levels and is enhanced by school based field work in KS3, visits to Walton on the Naze and Stratford in Year 10, and a 4 day fieldwork investigation in North Devon in Year 12. Excitingly this year we are also launching a trip to Iceland to investigate and explore plate tectonics for our GCSE and A Level students. Being such a varied, exciting and ever changing subject the Geography staff continue to use imaginative and challenging ways to explore the environments in which we live.