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Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.


Mr J. Gilmore – Head of Humanities

Mr D. Kingsley – Geography Teacher

The Geography team are committed to the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the natural environment and society in order to help our pupils become global citizens, environmental stewards, policy makers, and scientists. This will improve the quality of life for the learner of Reddish Vale High School by helping better understand human impacts on the environment and interactions between society and Earth’s natural systems.

Our vision for the Geography department is to help nurture tomorrow’s citizens through the building of positive relationships and through an engaging curriculum that inspires students to care about our shared planet.

The faculty aims to:
Develop pupils as individuals by 

  • Helping pupils explore their sense of place and belonging, in relation to their own locality and the wider world;
  • Enabling pupils to develop an appreciation for physical and human diversity and gaining some understanding of the needs and perspectives of others.

Developing pupils as contributors to society by

  • Helping them gain a sense of themselves as social beings and exploring how they relate to one another and their environments;
  • Making them aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and helping them make reasoned judgements in relation to a wide range of issues.

Developing pupils as contributors to the economy and environment by

  • Helping pupils gain an awareness of our place in a changing local and global economy;
  • Challenging pupils to explore the consequences of our interactions with the environment;
  • Making pupils aware of the need for change to be sustainable and the importance of thinking globally, acting locally.
  • Delivering outstanding standards in teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Developing and utilising quality resources in a positive and creative learning environment.
  • Developing a high level of Geographical skills and knowledge.
  • Providing a broad, balanced and differentiated Geography curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Developing mathematical and literacy skills.
  • Offering guidance in relation to further education and career aspirations.
  • Prepare students thoroughly for external exams and coursework.

Our Success:

In GCSE examinations from summer 2017, the Geography department achieved the best results in our history:

  • 18% of students achieved A*-A grades
  • 76% of students achieved A*-C grades (10% above the National Average)
  • 100% of students achieved A*-G grades

Geography is consistently the most popular options subject, with 133 students leaving Reddish Vale last year with a Geography GCSE.

Key Stage 3:
(4 lessons per two week timetable) is provided for Geography lessons.  At KS3 we cover the following topics;

  • Year 7 - An Introduction to Geography, Geography Skills, the UK, China and Global Issues.
  • Year 8 - Ecosystems, Brazil, the Global Fashion Industry, Weather Hazards, Tectonic Hazards and Tourism.

Key Stage 4:
(5 Lessons per two week timetable) for years 9, 10 and 11. 
At Key Stage 4 we follow AQA syllabus A Geography and cover the following topics: 

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK (Rivers and Coasts)
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 3 – Geographical Applications

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork (Trips will take place to Dovestones and Bowness-on-Windermere)
  • Geographical Skills

35% Paper 1 Physical Geography
35% Paper 2 Human Geography
30% Paper 3 Geographical Applications