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“I really enjoyed the lessons on Global Fashion – I hadn’t really thought about where my clothes were made and what conditions people had to work in to make them but now I do.”

“We were given a challenge to present the layers of a rainforest, but in 3D in a shoebox! It was so fun to make and I enjoyed seeing what everyone else had made. I could easily learn about how the climate and animals work together in this ecosystem.”

“I loved our Year 10 fieldtrip to Epping Forest - it was so much fun getting into the river in our wellies to record the speed of the river and the size of the sediments.”

Geography at Bishop Stopford School is a gateway to numerous communities ranging in scale from our local surroundings to the globe, exploring the world around us but fostering our interdependence whilst promoting social cohesion. We aim to encourage the development of responsible environmentally savvy learners, who are keen to interpret and question geographical phenomena in a challenging manner. The multifaceted discipline of physical and human topics are interspersed to ensure a balanced and sustainable curriculum where all learners illustrate knowledge, apply understanding and embed geographical skills at all key stages. We want our learners to be global citizens that are aware of world events allowing them to evaluate the impact they have on our dynamic world. We want our expert learners to be inspired and 'think like a geographer'.

Key Stage 3

Students follow schemes of work that include topics such as map skills, flooding, tropical rainforests, Antarctica, natural hazards, topical geography including global fashion and climate change.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11 Students will follow AQA Geography to GCSE

  • Living with the Physical Environment - written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes - 35% of GCSE
  • Challenges in the Human Environment - written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes - 35% of GCSE
  • Geographical Applications - written exam based on pre-release booklet and applying fieldwork skills to questions - 1 hour 15 minutes - 30% of GCSE

Enrichment Opportunities:

Key Stage 3:

Fieldwork skills within the school grounds

Key Stage 4:

Fieldtrip  - one day out at a field studies centre (currently a river study) and the other spent in our local area in the summer term (venue TBC).

Key Stage 5:

Overseas fieldtrip - we are looking to reinstate enrichment opportunities to Iceland and/or Hawaii for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.

The Geography Department:

  • Mrs Tanya Harvey - Head of Geography
  • Miss Alice Baker - Teacher of Geography & Geology
  • Mr Paul Starr - Teacher of Geology
  • Mrs Laura Fitzpatrick - Teacher of Geography
  • Mrs Kiran Lal – Teacher of Geography
  • Miss Kirsty Whitehead - Teacher of Geography