The King's (The Cathedral) School


The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps us make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Geography explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environments interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected (QCA 2007). Whether it is the threat of climate change, the consequences of our ageing population or controversial planning decisions in our local area, the media provides a constant reminder of the importance of ‘Geography’ in our lives.

‘The SGQM recognises excellence in teaching and learning in geography.’

The Geographical Association 2010

The King's (The Cathedral) School Geography department is innovative and all members of staff try to make their lessons engaging and thought provoking. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of wonder of the world and to become global citizens. Furthermore, students are encouraged to be active learners and apply their knowledge and understanding to the real world. This approach is facilitated by a variety of enquiry work embedded into curriculum. We use a range of techniques and have access a wide range of resources, for example creative lesson material and GIS Software.  We also have our own Weather Station.


The Geography department encourages students to develop an awe and wonder about places. All Schemes of Learning have local, national and international links and encourage students to consider and apply the principles of sustainable development.

Year 7

  • Map Skills
  • Local Enquiry
  • Challenging Coasts
  • Africa - Investigating Contrasts
  • Geography of Food

Year 8

  • Microclimate Enquiry
  • Brazil – Investigating Contrasts
  • Managing Resources
  • 2012 London Olympics
  • Managing Floods

Year 9

  • Natural Hazards
  • Local Enquiry
  • The Rise of China
  • The Global Fashion Industry
  • The Geography of Crime

Geography of Place, local fieldwork and GIS activities are completed throughout Key Stage 3. Furthermore teaching and learning is adapted to reflect topical events.


OCR B GCSE - Geography for Enquiring Minds (J384)

The specification aims to ensure that students gain an understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the interrelationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts. The aim is to get our GCSE students to ‘think like a geographer’.

Year 10

  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Urban Futures
  • Changing Climate
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Global Hazards
  • Fieldwork

Year 11

  • Resource Reliance
  • Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Dynamic Development
  • Fieldwork


OCR Geography A-Level (H481)

OCR’s A-Level in Geography offers students a range of exciting content studied through a choice of topics giving rich learning opportunities. There are a choice of geographical debates to study giving learners a deep understanding of the contemporary challenges of the 21st century, with opportunities for learners to gain vital geographical, fieldwork and life skills. An independent investigation gives learners resilience in self-sufficient study.

Year 12

  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Changing Spaces, Making Places
  • Landscape systems - Glaciation
  • Hazardous Earth
  • Fieldwork

Year 13

  • Global Connections – Global Migration and Human Rights
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Independent Investigation

Curriculum Area Staff

Mrs Jane Ayling (JMA): Head of Geography Department
Mrs Alison Amps (AMA): Teacher of Geography and AST
Dr Jane Combrink (XJC): Teacher of Geography
Mrs Sharon Gray (MSG): Teacher of Geography and Academic Head of Year 10