At A Level, students currently take the Edexcel course and at GCSE, students currently take the AQA Specification A course. In Year 7, students develop a solid foundation in geographical knowledge, understanding and skills which are developed and built upon in each subsequent academic year. For example, students in year 7 may study the linkages between moving tectonic plates and the distributions of earthquake events. At A Level, students will be asked to evaluate the range of factors that influence the impact of tectonic events and how effectively people respond to them. The New Hall Geography curriculum gives students the opportunity to study a range of Physical and Human Geography topics to help students develop a clear understanding of the world they live in and the multiple interactions between people and the natural world.
The department runs a number of educational trips. The current programme of day trips includes coastal studies at Walton-on-the-Naze, and biodiversity investigations at Norsey Wood. At AS Level, our students visit Norfolk to undertake fieldwork on 4-day residential trips. Further to this, the department is committed to a long-term plan for overseas visits that has already included adventures in Switzerland (2014), Iceland (2013) and China (2011). A further overseas trip is planned for October 2016.
In 2015, 60% of students achieved A*-B grades at GCSE; 76% of students achieved A*-B grades at A Level.
Geography is a very popular option choice with 80% of the 2013-15 cohort opting to study Geography at GCSE. It is also one of the most popular A level subjects, with a number of A level students opting to continue their geographical studies at undergraduate level.
In recognition of the 2015 Fairtrade Fortnight, the Geography department invited a guest speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation to come to talk to New Hall students about the work of the organisation. The department also ran a Fairtrade tuck shop which raised in excess of £1,100 for the Foundation.
The Geography department often gets involved in inter-school activities and, in the past, has hosted the regional round of the Geographical Association World Wise Quiz and also entered the national Shape the Future competition whereby it reviewed and suggested its own amendments to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. In recognition of the quality of the students’ competition entry, the Secretary of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Justine Greening, awarded the school with a certificate of commendation.
Head of Department
Mrs J Lewis MA(Cantab) PGCE(Cantab)