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Geography

Welcome to the Geography Department

The Geography Department at Rugby High School aims to engage students in contemporary, relevant and stimulating Geography through independent, active learning.

The Geography department consists of two specialist teachers: Miss Wall and Miss Aldridge who are all genuinely excited about their subject and are committed to using varied, modern and innovative techniques to engage and challenge students.

The department is housed within the brand new Olive Hands Building where it has two specialist classrooms.

This year, a brand new Year 7 and 8 curriculum has been introduced. Students will be taught a wide range of topics which aim to create an enthusiasm and love of Geography alongside the development of key Geographical skills. The recently launched ‘Introduction to GCSE Geography’ curriculum is studied by Year 9 students before they choose their options. In this year, students spend half a term studying a small part of each GCSE unit, this has included studying Tsunamis, Polish Migration, and Sustainable Cities.  Geography is a very popular option at GCSE where students study the AQA ‘A’ GCSE course. This course provides an excellent balance of human and physical geographical topics taught through contemporary case studies and field trips.

At A Level the OCR syllabus is studied; there are field trip in both years. Year 12 students visit the Dorset Coastline to help prepare them for the Coasts unit with Year 13 students visiting London and Stratford-upon-Avon to undertake fieldwork for their Geographical Skills Exam. The department promotes direct experience of Geography and fieldwork is becoming an increasingly integral part of the curriculum at all Key Stages.