Students studying Geography at The Catholic High School have access to a range of resources in lessons and are mainly taught in one of the three specialist Geography teaching rooms.
They regularly have access to ICT facilities and are encouraged to use Geographical Information System technologies such as Google Earth for their studies.
The Department holds membership of high profile subject specific organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society and The Geographical Association. This enables staff and students to have access to a wide range of resources and lectures that can offer extended learning opportunities. Subscriptions to Teaching Geography and the Geographical Magazine provide the most up to date information and teaching methods in Geography.
At A level, students currently take the AQA course and investigate units such as the impact of tectonic events, urban regeneration and sustainable tourism. GCSE students also follow the AQA course, specification A. Within this, they study a variety of topics including population control, flood prevention and the impact of tourism. At KS3, students follow a broad curriculum such as the conservation of coral reef ecosystems in year 7, the sustainable use of tropical rainforests in year 8 and tectonic disasters in year 9. Students study geographical skills as an inherent part of the course. There are also opportunities to study current geographical issues as and when they arise. This provides students with a sound basis for their geographical studies at GCSE. Geography GCSE is always very popular with students with over 70% of students opting for the course.
In 2014, 22% of students gained an A*-A grade at GCSE, 65% gained a grade A*-C and 100% of students passed the course. At A-Level, 88% of students gained a grade A*-C. Many students achieved success in Geography who have English as an additional language or with Special Educational Needs.
Students have opportunities to participate in activities run by the Geographical Society such as University lectures and the Geographical Association WorldWise Quiz (Regional winners December 2012). Year 9 Students also attend climate change workshops delivered by the University of Chester.
The current programme of day trips includes:
- - coastal studies along the Sefton coast and Hilbre Island
- - fluvial studies along the River Aber in North Wales and the River Alyn
- - a visit to the Blue Planet Aquarium to study coastal environments
- - an energy based visit to Electric Mountain
- - ecosystem studies at Loggerheads National Park
- - Habitat studies and environmental adaptations at Chester Zoo
- - local urban studies in Handbridge and the suburbs of Chester
- - a study of urban decentralisation in Liverpool
The department is also planning an overseas visit to Iceland in the near future!
Within the Geography Department, we have 5 highly qualified Geography teachers, many of whom have been teaching at the school for a number of years. We are a strong team who adopt current teaching practices to enable high quality learning within the department. We also take pride in having PGCE students training to teach within our department from Liverpool Hope University. This provides us with an invaluable link to current teacher training practices whilst fostering the development of first class teachers.
Mr N Cross BSc (Loughborough) PGCE (Liverpool John Moore University).Head of year 10
Mrs W Moore BSc (Chester), PGCE (Manchester)
Mrs J Wraige BSc (Leeds), PGCE (Leeds).
Mr D Whittingham BA (Sheffield), PGCE (Manchester). Head of Geography Department