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Introduction to the Subject & Team

The Geography department is staffed by a team of keen and committed geographers who all have degrees in the subject, the teachers are:


Miss Victoria Banham (vbanham@ossettacademy.co.uk)
Curriculum Team Leader


Mr Richard Upton
Teacher of Geography


Mrs Tracy Gott
Teacher of Geography

Mr Sean Kelly
Teacher of Geography

Mrs Christine Wilkinson
Teacher of Geography

Our vision is to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to help them understand the patterns and processes that they see in the world around them. We aim to provide active and engaging lessons using a range of resources and activities that will stimulate their interest and enjoyment of the world that they live in. Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

Year 7

Half term 1 – Cross Curricular Unit

Half term 2 – Weather and Climate

Half term 3 – Rivers

Half term 4 – Flooding

Half term 5 – Coasts

Half term 6 – Population

Year 8

Half term 1 & 2 – Rainforests

Half term 3 & 4 – Antarctica

Half term 5 – Rivers and Flooding

Year 9

Half term 1 – Man-made and natural disasters

Half term 2 – Natural disasters

Half term 3 – Crime

Half term 4 – Globalisation

Half term 5 – Tourism

Half term 6 – Think like a Geographer


Course Content at Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

Please refer to the document below detailing the curriculum content for Year 10 and 11

Geography Subject Map and Specification


Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

At Ossett Academy, we want all students to enjoy Geography and be able to use the knowledge gained in lessons to have a better understanding of the world around them. Students interested in following the subject beyond GCSE can follow an ‘A’ Level course in Geography which will help them get onto a range of degree courses.

As a broad based academic degree, Geography is well respected by employers and Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geographers can enter a very wide range of career areas, there is no such thing as a ‘geography’ job, but it can lead to working in a very wide range of jobs as graduates will have transferrable skills and experience in decision making an problem solving. They may work within town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, demography, housing and social welfare.


How Parents Can Support Learning

  • Ask them about their Geography lessons, what are they learning about and what can they tell you about it.
  • Take an interest in their Geography homework, encourage them to do their best and provide support if they are unsure.
  • Talk to your child about the world around them both in their local area and when you go further afield.
  • Watch relevant TV programmes together, maybe a programme about an extreme weather event or a documentary about volcanoes and earthquakes. Also watching the news and talking about where particular events have occurred.
  • Have an atlas or road atlas at home if possible for your child to refer to.
  • Buy a revision guide if your child is doing GCSE Geography.
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