The Geography Department aims to develop understanding of the world in which we all live and share. We encourage students to consider their future world, by exploring key issues, landforms and world changes. Through their geography lessons, students have opportunities to explore the world from their own classroom, as they investigate case studies from the UK, Europe, and the wider world. Students are also encouraged to understand their own role in society, through the careful consideration of different cultures, viewpoints and values.

We want to create successful learners who progress and achieve, considerate individuals who lead safe and healthy lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Geography is a crucial subject for students to learn, to understand about the formation of our world, how people impact and change this and how it can be preserved for the future.

Ethos & Values

We aim:

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Geography curriculum.
  • To raise attainment by encouraging all student s to have high aspirations of themselves
  • To enable students to develop into confident individuals who have a genuine interest in, and respect for the world in which they live.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.

Knowledge & Skills

Geography encourages the development of a wide range of transferable skills. Students of geography should be capable of doing all of the following:

  • You can understand what motivates people, what they think and how they feel.
  • You are able to gather and read different kinds of information.
  • You can read maps, graphs and other diagrams, and accurately interpret different types of data.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and learn to express yourself verbally and on paper.
  • You are able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • You are able present arguments and consider different viewpoints.
  • You are able to work safely in different locations through experience on fieldwork.
  • You are able to use specialised fieldwork equipment to gather information about the locations you visit.
  • You will confidently use specialist geographical vocabulary.
  • You will use specialist equipment and ICT.

Resources & Facilities

We have a number of dedicated, professional and fully qualified staff, who are passionate about and dedicated to teaching and learning in Geography.

We offer dedicated, well equipped and comfortable classrooms, equipped with interactive facilities or a projector and a wide range of quality resources and subject specific software.

We also have a dedicated ICT suite which can be utilised across all year groups.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

All students study Geography at Key Stage 3, enabling them to investigate a variety of aspects of physical and human geography. Students explore areas as varied as Settlement, Crime, Coasts, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Brazil, Ecosystems, Africa, Geology, the Weather and India.

Key Stage 4

In GCSE Geography, students complete a full GCSE qualification, with examinations taking place at the end of year 11, and they are also required to take part in a fieldwork exercise. The main areas of study are as follows:

  1. Rivers and Coasts
  2. Population and Settlement
  3. Natural hazards
  4. Economic Development

Through the key themes students explore the key background to each area, and how features are created, modified and impacted.

As part of the course, students are required to undertake fieldwork to the coast or a regional river, where students investigate how the features are formed, how the areas are protected and how people are using the areas. The data collected is used to write a report on the key findings.

Students also sit a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise paper. Students will work on an information booklet from the examination board based on one of the four themes. From this information students will sit an examination in which you will have to consider and make decisions about the key ideas and information.

Key Stage 5

Geography at A Level is a varied course that allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of both human and physical geography. Fieldwork is integrated into the course to support learning. Students have opportunities to undertake independent research into various areas of geography, considering contemporary issues and ideas. Topics currently covered include climate change, tectonic and hydrological change, population and settlement change, coasts and development, and sustainability.

Learning Outside The Classroom

At Key Stage 3, the Geography Department runs an excellent lunchtime club for students. This enables students to develop their passion for this subject area by investigating geographical issues that particularly interest them. This has involved activities such as creating exploding volcanoes, map reading and internet research into far-flung areas of the world.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE students undertake a one day visit to the coast or a regional river to complete their fieldwork investigation which forms part of their final GCSE grade. Pupils develop their skills in collecting data, including field sketches, profiling and analysing beach or river gradients, processes and material.

At Key Stage 5, fieldwork is an integrated element of the course with students taking part in several fieldtrips to places like York, the River Ludd, Scarborough, Hornsea and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of Geography lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices. Some examples of careers you could choose are:

Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Finance, Information Management, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers…

Geography is accepted by almost all employers and universities as the wide range of skills and knowledge provided allows the student to develop as an individual. Most universities offer Geographical courses for further development.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Stephen Moon

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David J Hampson