Geography Welcome

We have a very passionate and energetic Geography Department at The Vale Academy. As part of the Humanities Faculty, geographers pride themselves in developing students’ skills, achievements, knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live. Geography is an imperative subject for developing knowledge of topical and pressing issues that affect our daily lives, such as climate change, flooding, urbanisation and tourism. By encouraging independent and group learning students quickly develop analytical and critical thinking skills useful across the curriculum, whilst making studying Geography an enjoyable, stimulating and relevant subject.


Meet the staff:

Mrs L Millar- Humanities Curriculum Leader

Mr. A Collins- Deputy Principal

Mr. G West- Assistant Principal

Mr. J Hastings- Geography Teacher

Mr K Cooper – Geography Teacher

Mr C Hoare – Geography Teacher

Facilities / Resources

Geography is one of three subjects taught within the Humanities Faculty. The faculty has six classrooms, with interactive smart boards, access to laptops and GIS to encourage students’ progress. The Geography Department also has a range of fieldwork equipment to enable the students to enjoy outdoor learning and investigation.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7: students will study Geography twice a week (2 hours) and cover the following topics:

  1. What is Geography?
  2. Ecosystems
  3. Urban areas and settlements.
  4. Earthquakes and plate tectonics
  5. Volcanoes and natural hazards

In Year 8: students study Geography twice a week (2 hours) developing knowledge acquired in Year 7 and covering the following topics:

  1. Geological time and glaciation.
  2. Tourism
  3. Development
  4. Energy
  5. Weather and climate
  6. Weather hazards

Key Stage 4

From 2015, Year 9 through to Year 11, students will begin the GCSE syllabus following the AQA (1-9) Geography specification. Which can be found here-


Year 9 and 10 cover the following topics (2 hours a week for Year 10 and 3 hours a week for Year 9):

  • Natural Hazards
  • Ecosystems
  • The Urban World
  • Field work


In Year 11, students study the legacy WJEC Specification B and have Geography for 2 hours per week.

 They covered the following topics during the course:

  1. Challenges of the living environment – looking at:

-       Urbanisation

-       Planning

-       Rural change

  1. Physical processes and relationships between people and the environment – looking at:

-       Weather & climate

-       River processes and management

-       Coastal processes and management

  1. Controlled Assessment. Students take part in a residential educational visit to collect data for an enquiry that will form the basis of controlled assessment, worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
  2. Physical processes and relationships between people and the environment – looking at:
    1. River processes and management
    2. Coastal processes and management
  3. Uneven Development and sustainable environments – looking at:
    1. Employment structure
    2. Economic activity and the environment
    3. Development and water
    4. Interdependence

Key Stage 5

KS5 Geography is currently taught as part of our Joint Sixth Form at Sir John Nelthorpe. For more details please visit


KS4 fieldwork will follow the AQA GCSE requirement, compromising of two contrasting pieces of fieldwork in both Physical and Human Geography. Students also have the opportunity to attend non-compulsory fieldwork in Norfolk. This will be to study a range of physical and human topics which include, coastal management, urban regeneration, tourism and river course.

In September 2017 Year 9/10 students will be visiting the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Enrichment / Extra-Curricular

A range of intervention and after school revision sessions are made available.

Links and Further Information There are many clips of geographical processes explained on YouTube.