At Chipping Norton School, Geography is a popular subject, with good uptake and results at both GCSE and A Level. We have access to three classrooms, a computer room and sixth form study area as well as access to tablets to enhance student learning.

Studying geography gives you the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both the physical and human environment. You’ll understand how geography impacts your life every day and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world.

The Staff Team

The geography department includes two full time specialists:

Mr Johnson BSc (Geography) PCGE Ed. Mr Johnson is Head of Department having joined the school in 2015. His interests include understanding the geography of past times and how geography has played important roles in the evolution of people, their ideas, places and environments.

Miss Stephens BSc (Geography) with an international diploma & PGCE Ed. Miss Stephens is a Teacher of Geography having joined the school in 2017.  Her interests include how different people, cultures and societies adapt to their environment.

The curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

An introduction to both physical and human geography through different themes of study:

  1. Fantastic Places
  2. Africa & Kenya
  3. Urban Environments
  4. River Environments

Year 8

  1. Tourism
  2. Ecosystems
  3. River Flooding
  4. China
  5. Crime

Year 9

  • Water Security
  • Globalisation
  • Coral Reefs
  • Japan
  • Geography in the news

Key Stage 4

GCSE Exam board – AQA

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

The assessment is made up for 3 written papers:

Paper 1 – Living in the physical environment (Natural hazards – The living world – Physical landscapes of the UK) 1hr 30mins long and worth 35% of GCSE.

Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment (Urban issues and challenges – The changing economic world – challenge of resource management) 1hr 30mins long and 35% of GCSE.

Paper 3- Geographical applications (Issue evaluation – Fieldwork) 1hr 15mins and worth 30% of GCSE.This includes 2 trips to a physical and a human environment, collecting data and coming to a conclusion on a given geographical enquiry.

Geography GCSE Results 2018

50% of all students achieved grades 9-7 and almost 90% grades 9-4 matching the highest FFT 5 benchmark placing these results in the top 5% nationally

Key Stage 5

A-level Exam board – AQA

The A level encourages a more holistic approach to geographical concepts and processes by being able to recognise and analyse the complexity of people–environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today. As well as applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches in a rigorous way to a range of geographical questions and issues, including those identified in 4 days of fieldwork, recognising both the contributions and limitations of geography.

The assessment is made up of 2 written papers and a 4,000 word Non Examined Assessment (NEA) on a fieldwork enquiry chosen by the students.

Paper 1 – Water and carbon cycles, Coastal landscapes and Hazards. 2hr 30mins and worth 40% of A-level

Paper 2 – Global systems and global governance, Changing places and Population and the environment. 2hr 30mins and worth 40% of A-Level.

Non Examined Assessment (NEA) – Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. Which is a 4,000 word written report, marked by teachers and worth 20% of A-Level.

Geography A Level results

We have seen students joining from Year 7 enjoying and succeeding in their geography all the way through 6th form. Leading to a continuous stream of students deciding to study Geography at university, including Russell group universities. The most recent results in 2018 saw three students going to study Geography at Nottingham, Manchester and Exeter University.