The Leys



Geography is about the world in which we live and on which we depend. It seeks to explain how landscapes, people, places and the fragile environment are all interwoven. Geography aims to foster a curiosity, awareness and understanding of our changing world.

The Geography department is situated on the top floor of the Clapham Building. It occupies three classrooms, an office and a departmental library. An ICT suite on the same floor can also be booked for Geography classes.

Years 7 - 9

The Key Stage 3 course follows a thematic approach within a concentric geographical coverage of: The United Kingdom (Year 7); Europe (Year 8) and The World (Year 9). The Year 9 course is an introduction to AQA GCSE Geography. Themes covered include an understanding of issues and processes in natural ecosystems (such as hot deserts and tropical rainforests) as well as development issues.


The specification followed is the new AQA GCSE which allows the pupils to travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. Pupils are encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. All pupils begin the course at the start of Year 9, so it is taught over three years.

Pupils undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. The two enquiries will be carried out on day trips to contrasting environments (for example, the coast and an area of a city) to show an understanding of both physical and human geography. Optional residential field trips are organised for GCSE and Sixth Form pupils (e.g. to Barcelona, Iceland or Morocco).

The course consists of three papers, each with a written exam:

  • Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (35%).
  • Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (35%).
  • Paper 3: Geographical applications (30%).

A Level

The course consists of three components; the first two - Physical Geography and Human Geography - lead to written papers worth 40% of the marks each; the third component is a teacher-assessed independent investigation, incorporating fieldwork and research. This accounts for the remaining 20% of the marks.

Fieldwork is an essential part of A Level Geography. As well as being a useful method of geographical research, it can also help in developing teamwork and leadership skills. There will be a compulsory residential field trip to the Rhyd-y-Creuau Field Study Centre during the Lent Term 2017. There may also be opportunities for other field trips, for instance to Iceland.

There is an active Sixth Form Geographical Society which produces a magazine and there are regular opportunities for Sixth Formers to attend lectures at the University of Cambridge’s School of Geography.

Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future. You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography.

Michael Palin


  • Mr David Nye BSc - Head of Geography
  • Miss Brigid Eades BA - Geography Teacher
  • Mr William Earl BSc - Geography Teacher
  • Ms Charlotte Chatwin BSc - Geography Teacher
  • Ms Claire Kennedy MA - Geography Teacher



01223 508900

The Leys School