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  • Mr N Royston – Head of Humanities & Head of Geography
  • Miss S Akhtar – Joint 2nd in Geography
  • Mrs F Ruck – Joint 2nd in Geography
  • Mr M Newman – Head of House
  • Mr A Morris – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss K O’Connor
  • Mr D Corrigan – Head of House

In an ever increasingly globalised world, it is more important than ever that we understand the world around us. The aim of the Archbishop Ilsley School Geography Department is to develop pupils' awareness of the physical and human world and the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global.


A broad curriculum is followed in Years 7 to 9 which gives our pupils a solid foundation in the subject.

  • Year 7 – Geographical Skills and essential knowledge, Weather & Climate, Population & Urbanisation
  • Year 8 – Development & Globalisation, Africa, Hydrology
  • Year 9 – Plate tectonics, China & India, Coasts, Energy & resources, Glaciation


Geography is one of the most popular option choices at GCSE. We currently follow OCR syllabus B. A significant number of pupils continue their study of Geography to A level and many pursue the discipline at university.

The 4 GCSE topic areas are:

  • Economic Development
  • Population & Settlement
  • Natural Hazards
  • Rivers & Coasts

The GCSE course has 3 components that count toward the final grade. They are:

  1. Terminal Exam taken in the summer of year 11. This is worth 50% of the total GCSE and has 3 questions taken from the core topics.
  2. SDME (Sustainable Decision Making Exercise) taken in the summer of year 11. This is worth 25% of the total GCSE and is based on one of the core topics.
  3. Controlled Assessment. A written geographical investigation of no more than 2000 words based on fieldwork.


Geography is one of the most popular A level choices. 

We currently follow the AQA syllabus. In year 12 the following units are studied:

  • Rivers, floods & management
  • Coastal environments
  • Population issues
  • Energy issues

Geographical skills

In year 13 the following units are studied:

  • Plate Tectonics & associated hazards
  • Weather and Climate & associated hazards
  • World Cities
  • Development & Globalisation
  • Geographical skills


We passionately believe in the importance of geographical fieldwork. A range of field work is carried out in a variety of locations with a variety of year groups. Recent fieldwork locations have included Shropshire, Birmingham & Solihull, the Cotswolds, the Dorset Coast, Bewdley and the home of Geography…Iceland.