Geography occupies a distinctive place in the world of learning, offering an integrated study of the complex reciprocal relationships between human societies and the physical components of the earth. The geographer’s canvas is coloured by place, space and time: recognising the great differences and dynamics in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them.

At its most basic level, Geography is the study of people and places. It is hugely important that students are educated as to the diverse nature of the planet and the people it supports. Understanding how great landforms have been created and how generations of people have impacted upon them is central to the study of Geography.

Through the study of Geography, students will always strive to achieve their personal best with the guidance and support of their teachers. They will continue to develop respect for others through the study of people and places. Students will learn cooperation both in and out of the classroom and develop independent learning skills.

The values we as teachers intend to develop in our students include:  honesty, integrity, compassion, respect for others, cooperation, selflessness, validity, creativity, sensitivity to others, perseverance, accuracy and precision.


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The Geography department offers a variety of extracurricular activities and field visits.

Currently the Academy offers:

  • Study Support sessions after school for all students.
  • Field work for GCSE students to Seahouses, Northumberland.
  • Field work for Year 12 students to Blagdon, Woodhorn Colliery, Alnmouth, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, the Ouseburn Valley and Gateshead Quays.
  • Field work for Year 13 students to Sorrento, Italy.
  • Lectures in conjunction with the Geographical Association.
  • Visits to local universities.
Geography Department Teaching Staff
Mrs R Butler Teacher of Geography (AVP)
Mrs H Allan Teacher of Geography (P/T) / Pastoral
Mrs H Caisley Teacher of Geography (P/T)
Mrs M Richardson Teacher of Geography
Mrs J Normanton Teacher of Geography (VP)