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teaching staff 

  • Ryan Matthews - Curriculum Leader
  • Khadijah Khan
  • Sandra Meunier

support staff 

  • Esther Vernon


Curriculum Aims

The Geography Curriculum Area is very well resourced, with excellent ICT access (including iPads, a computer suite and laptops) for all students.

The Geography area is well-established and very successful, with the 2018/19 GCSE results continuing to significantly exceed national averages where 71.5% of pupils achieved an attainment grade of 4-9.

Year 8

Throughout Year 8, Geography at Sarah Bonnell covers all aspects of the National Curriculum and explores links between the physical and human world in which we live. The team works hard to ensure lessons are engaging, challenging current and relevant to the girls. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the students to get involved in project work and use the ICT resources available to access the departmental website and MLE page.

There is a strong focus on fully preparing the girls for GCSEs throughout years 7-9, by introducing GCSE topics, GCSE style exam questions and GCSE assessments.


Year 8 curriculum:

In the academic year, pupils will be developing their understanding of population. Population is about people. This will include:

  1. Population distribution
  2. What affects population
  3. How world population changes overtime
  4. The causes and effects of migration on population.

The purpose of this unit in year 8 is to equip students with a basic understanding of population. This will prepare them for the GCSE course in Years 10 and 11.

  • Pupils will also explore the different ways development is measured in these countries and evaluating the advantages/disadvantages of using social and economic indicators (Human Development Index). Pupils will be assessed on the problems of uneven development and the strategies such as globalisation that reduces this uneven development, using decision making skills.

Pupils will also be assessed and critiqued on physical geography requirements. These include coastal landscapes, river landscapes and climate change, and how both these three areas of Geography are linked. Pupils will be tested on processes, landforms and management strategies to prevent river and coastal flooding. Pupils will be tested on their decision making skills and enquiry based essays.