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  • Geography

    Team Members

    • Mr L Dixon – Head of Geography
    • Mr P Costard - Teacher of Geography, Head of PE
    • Mrs E Lang - Teacher of Geography
    • Mr M Spalton - Teacher of Geography
    Vision Statement "Geography underpins a lifelong ‘conversation’ about the earth as the home of humankind. Geography therefore contributes to a balanced education for all young people in schools, colleges and other settings."

    (A Different View, GA 2009)

    Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and engaging. In our diverse society students need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures. The Geography department believes that geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to students’ physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. As Professor Andrew Goudie puts it, 'What other subject tells us so much about the great issues of our age?

    Geography must be a rigorous study of the real world. It must seek explanations about how the world works and help us think about alternative futures.

    Students who study Geography are well-rounded individuals, developing many transferable skills from across the curriculum. They display empathy towards others and are able to critically think about issues facing the world and apply them across a range of geographical scales. The students are able to perceive their place in the world and take the knowledge and understanding gained into the future.

    Mission statement

    ‘Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps students to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.’

    Aims and Objectives

    • To stimulate students' interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth's surface
    • To foster students' sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them
    • To help students develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat and thereby enhance students' sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.

    Celebration of success (achievements)

    Summer 2020 GCSE results:
    78% Grade 9-4
    32% Grade 9-7

    Day 11 Activities & trips
    Successful GCSE results
    An established Students’ Department Council

    Range of Opportunities

    Geography at Woking High School should help students to:

    • Develop a strong interest in, and help them identify with their own environment and have an understanding of the wider world and their place within it
    • Appreciate the variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth’s surface and recognise the interaction between them
    • Understand how change can result from physical and human processes
    • Realise that others may hold different beliefs, live in different cultures and have different values to their own
    • Encourage sensitivity towards others and develop an understanding of and empathy towards the nature of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies
    • Gain a fuller understanding of controversial issues, allowing them the opportunity to make and communicate their own informed judgements
    • Have respect for the natural and built environment
    • Build upon their existing geographical knowledge, introducing new concepts as appropriate
    • Acquire a wide range of geographical and other skills
    • Develop an enquiry based  approach towards their work, allowing them to extend their intellectual skills through problem solving and fieldwork
    • Enjoy learning and inquiring about their world
    • Gain the confidence to work individually and as part of a group
    • Become proficient in the applications and uses of ICT.


    The department is based on the top floor of the Humanities block in three  rooms. 

    Knowledge organisers

    Year 7

    What is an amazing place?

    What's going on in the UK?

    How does the sea shape the land?

    What could be improved about my road?

    How can shanty towns be improved?

    What is Africa like?

    Year 8

    What causes weather and climate?

    Why is climate changing?

    What makes a city sustainable?

    The Middle East

    What is China like?

    How has China changed?

    Year 9

    GCSE topics:

    Iceland: land of fire and ice

    South-West India

    UK water resources

    GCSE: The development gap

    GCSE: Hot deserts


  • GCSE exam board: AQA Geography (8035)

    Topics covered:


    • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
    • The Living World
    • Physical Landscapes of the UK
    • Urban Issues and Challenges
    • The Changing Economic World
    • The Challenge of Resource Management


    Course overview

    Unit 1: Living with the physical environment
    Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 88 marks – 35%

    Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment
    Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 88 marks – 35%*

    Unit 3: Geographical applications
    Written exam 1hr 15mins - 30%

    This course offers

    • engaging and topical content
    • a balanced framework of physical and human themes and an investigation of the links between them
    • the chance to study a wide variety of places, including the United Kingdom, higher income countries, lower income countries and newly emerging economies.
    • a chance to consider you role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

    Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

    • communication skills
    • graphical and cartographical skills
    • technological skills including ICT and GIS
    • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
    • literacy and numeracy skills
    • problem-solving skills
    • entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.
  • Enrichment programme

    • KS4 Revision Sessions
    • Day 11 visits

    Useful Web links

    Websites for GCSE revision:

    Any other information

    Why choose Geography?

    Geography can offer you a wide range of skills that will be useful now, for examinations, and when you have left school. Key skills include:

    • Developed practical skills like reading a map or road atlas, doing fieldwork and using equipment to record data
    • Information and communication technology skills like word processing, using spreadsheets, using CD ROMs and the internet to retrieve information and then using GIS to process the data you have collected
    • Communications skills like report writing, decision making, putting forward arguments, analysing data and working in teams on a project

    Geography can offer you

    • a subject that gets good examination results nationally and is accepted by all universities and employers
    • a subject that is a bridge between the Arts and the Sciences. This gives you greater flexibility if you decide to go on to further or higher education
    • Relevant knowledge to a broad range of different career paths.



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Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

Tel: 01483 888 447

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