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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 four specialist teachers: Mrs Wall, Mr Bottle, Mrs Ellis and Mrs Gosling 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 Olive Hands Building where it has two specialist classrooms.

In Year 7 and 8, 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 knowledge and skills. An ‘Introduction to GCSE Geography’ curriculum is studied by Year 9 students before they choose their options. In this year, students spend each term studying small parts of their GCSE unit; this has included studying Tsunamis, Tropical Cyclones, and the challenges facing Mumbai.  Geography is a very popular option at GCSE where students study the Edexcel B course. We believe this is the most engaging, relevant and well-designed specification taught through contemporary case studies and field trips to Birmingham and Carding Mill Valley.

At A Level the Edexcel syllabus is also studied; there are field trips in both years. Year 12 students visit the Birmingham and London to help them collect data for their NEA with Year 13 students taking part in a 3 day residential trip to Dorset to study coastal landforms and processes. The department promotes direct experience of Geography and fieldwork is becoming an increasingly integral part of the curriculum at all Key Stages.