The department is enthusiastic about educating pupils inside and outside of school. There are trips locally for orienteering as well as fieldwork at GCSE and A level to locations such as Southend-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Stratford and Canary Wharf.
The department has also led the way with international trips to Iceland and Greece. This has meant an increase in the uptake of geography at GCSE. The department is also involved in extracurricular activities such as Debate Mate and the Global Learning Programme.
Geography lessons in KS3 focus on all elements of geography touching on cross curricular links with History and Citizenship. Units are thematically based incorporating geographical skills applied to content as well as opportunities for independent and enquiry based learning. Topics studied include globalisation, natural hazards, tourism, development, ecosystems, coasts, map skills and the UK and Europe.
Geography is popular at KS4 attracting students of all abilities. In recent years achievement has been in line with national average. Geography has recently been taught at KS5 with links between schools in the Southern Consortium. The department follows the AQA specification for KS4 and KS5. The AQA syllabus is currently seeking accreditation, a draft of the specification can be found on their website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography