Humanities - Geography

The Humanities Faculty – Geography


Mrs C Cottam – Subject Leader

Ms L Hinde – Teacher of Geography

Mr C McCauley – Teacher of Geography


Welcome to Geography at Witton Park High School. The Geography department whole-heartedly agrees with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority when they wrote:

‘We all live our lives geographically. Planet Earth is our home. It is awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing. Studying geography invites us to participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. It draws on personal experience, to help us better understand the places we live in, why they matter and how they are connected to a globalised world. Geography draws from across the physical, cultural, economic and political spheres to illuminate key issues for the present and the future, explored at all scales from the personal to the local and the global. Through geography we learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures. Geography is therefore a vital subject resource for 21st century global citizens, enabling us to face questions of what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world.  Geography helps us investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places. Geography is studied through enquiry; this requires the formulation of effective questions. Fieldwork and outdoor education are essential to geography. The subject helps develop significant elements of the skills framework, with a strong emphasis on utilising maps and visual images as well as new technologies including Geographical Information. These transferable geographical skills help to equip us for lifelong learning as responsible global citizens.’


With the aim of having all Witton Park High students experiencing as many opportunities as possible, we have devised a Key Stage 3 curriculum to both whet the appetite of true explorers and satisfy the needs of all intrepid learners.


Key Stage 3

In KS3, Year 7 students are taught Geography once a week and study several key topics such as Facts and Figure, Extreme Weather and Crime.

Year 8 students are taught for 2 hours a week and complete topics that include Coasts, People of the rainforest and China.

In Year 9 students begin their 1 hour a week lesson in studying Development and Aid then progress onto Tectonic hazards, Globalisation and Dynamic Cities.


Key Stage 4

At GCSE level students undertake the AQA A Geography syllabus.



Students study many different areas including Grasmere in the Lake District and Blackburn, and also have the opportunity to visit and study Barcelona, Spain

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With attendance at 95% we’ve had our best results at KS3 and GCSE.