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Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their responsibilities to other people, the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. The study of geography at Prince Henry’s Grammar School incorporates the latest guidance on the National Curriculum from the Department for Education.

KS3 Curriculum

In Year 7, students are taught in their form groups and then in Years 8 and 9 they are taught in mixed groups, based loosely on ability. The Programme of Study below shows a spiral curriculum where skills and content are built upon across the three years in Key Stage 3. Pupils study both human, physical and environmental geography through a range of places, both near and far.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Local geography

Investigating our local place

How do physical processes shape our local area?

What challenges and opportunities exist in our local area?

Year 8

National geography

How do physical processes shape the UK?

How sustainable is the UK?

How is the UK connected to the wider world?

Year 9

Global geography

How do physical processes impact people around the world?

Sustainable decision-making

What global challenges exist in today's society?

All lessons in Geography are built around 6 core themes . We encourage students to develop a deep understanding of these key geographical themes to support the development of well-rounded global citizens.

KS4 and KS5 Curriculum

Geography is hugely popular at GCSE. We study the AQA specification which incorporates a wide range of skills and content:

  • Physical Geography: The Challenge of Natural Hazards; The Living World; Physical Landscapes of the UK.
  • Human Geography: Urban Issues and Challenges; The Changing Economic World; The Challenge of Resource Management.

Students also complete a skills-based/decision-making exam using pre-released materials and undertake fieldwork to support their class-based learning.

Please see the Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form pages for details of the KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the Geography team.


Practical fieldwork is seen as an essential element of Geography, we give students the opportunity to visit places in the UK and abroad. For example, we run trips to Hornsea to study coastal erosion and Iceland to study natural hazards.

There is an Eco-committee run by the Geography Department, where students are encouraged to support the sustainable development of the school. Recently, this has led to the implementation of solar panels on the school roof to help reduce our carbon footprint.


Iceland Field Trip