Meet the staff

Mark Allison - Curriculum Leader

Kate Wilkinson - Geography Teacher

Rachel Stevenson - Geography Teacher and SLT Lead Practitioner


Subject overview

We believe that Humanities subjects are essential for pupils’ development as they help young people to be aware of the past, understand the present and improve the future. Through the teaching of Humanities subjects we strive to instil in pupils an enthusiasm for learning which will help them to achieve their potential in school and beyond. 


The study of Geography helps young people to:

Develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global.

Investigate the earth and its peoples.

Study the features of the earth - such as mountains, rivers and seas - and how they were formed

Develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving.

Gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 currently includes Years 7 and 8, with pupils beginning their Geography GCSE course in Year 9. Pupils receive 2 hours of Geography lessons per week in key stage 3 and 4 lessons per week in key stage 4.

Year 7

Autumn Term 1 - What is a Geographer?

Autumn Term 2 - Population and Migration

Spring Term 1 - Physical processes - Rivers

Spring Term 2 - Physical processes - Coasts

Summer Term 1 - Settlement and Urbanisation

Summer Term 2 - How is North Shields changing?


Year 8

Autumn Term 1 - Global Development

Autumn Term 2 - Weather and Climate Change

Spring Term 1 - Tectonics

Spring Term 2 - Biomes

Summer Term 1 - Globalisation

Summer Term 2 - Investigating Africa and Asia


Key Stage 4
The Edexcel ‘A’ syllabus is followed at GCSE.

There are 3 units:
•    Unit 1 - The Physical Environment (37.5% of the course)
•    Unit 2 - The Human Environment (37.5% of the course)
•    Unit 3 - Geographical Investigations (25% of the course)

All units are assessed through examinations at the end of the course. Pupils will achieve grades under the new 9-1 grading system at the end of their course.

Year 9

Autumn Term 1 - Changing Cities

Autumn Term 2 - Changing Cities and Landscapes of the UK

Spring Term 1 - Coasts

Spring Term 2 - Coastal Management

Summer Term 1 - Global Development

Summer Term 2 - Global Development


Year 10

Autumn Term 1 - Weather and Climate

Autumn Term 2 - Weather and Climate / Resource Management

Spring Term 1 - Rivers

Spring Term 2 - Rivers

Summer Term 1 - Ecosystems

Summer Term 2 - Ecosystems and Introduction to Fieldwork


Year 11

Autumn Term 1 - Urban and Rural Fieldwork

Autumn Term 2 - UK Challenges

Spring Term 1 - Skills Review

Spring Term 2 - Revision

Summer Term 1 - Revision

Summer Term 2 - Revision


Revision links for GCSE course 

BBC Bitesize - useful for most topics although check with your teacher as not all content is relevant

BBC News - great for researching information about case studies

National Geographic - interesting articles and videos to inspire further study in Geography:

Digimap for schools - mapping website (see your teacher for the school password) 

Edexcel website - current Year 9 (download practice exam papers) 


How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  • Watch the news and be aware of current events
  • Ensure your child completes homework to the best of their ability - there is a lot to learn in this subject
  • Access to the internet (for research) and a printer for homework assignments is really useful 

Extra-Curricular Activities

GCSE Geography students get to take part in a range of fieldwork opportunities in the local area.

GCSE Geography students often like to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme - an ideal way to improve your mapskills and learn about places!