Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app



Safe and happy - see the results of our student survey “I am delighted that our students feel so safe and happy while at school. I am especially pleased with how secure they feel during unstructured time such as break and lunch." Mr Carey


Stuck for ideas on what to read? Wondering what to read after 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'? Check out our recommended reading lists including top 10 for and loads more at


"Very proud of all our MANY boys who received certificates for outstanding effort, attainment and progress at the end of last term." Mr Ingham Full story and pics at


Download pictures and films from . Loads to look back on and enjoy here


A huge THANK YOU to our staff who gave up 9 days of their Easter hols to make happen, to the families who saved up for the trip, and to this fabulous group of students who made friends wherever they went by their exemplary behaviour. Simply unforgettable!


Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning at . Watch them in action! Fantastic work everyone...


Boys.... stuck for ideas on what to read??? Check out the Year 7-10 recommended reading lists on our page at Loads of compelling suggestions, plus new recommendations for the summer term


Lots of pictures and films from Crans Montana today at See our beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders in action... We're soooo proud of this group and how well they are doing!


Retweetd From Harris Bromley


Retweetd From Harris Bromley

Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow.


Day 3 of saw blue skies again. See more pics of our snowboarders and skiers as they develop their skills and take on new challenges Great work everyone!


News and pics from Day 2 of with and . Beautiful sunrise, fantastic conditions, amazing progress - and relaxing in a thermal spa at day's end. Heaven! More pics and full report Great work everyone...


Retweetd From Harris Bromley

An inflatable challenge.


Day one on the slopes . A few faces in the snow, bumps and bruises but loads of learning and fun. Novices now snowploughing. Advanced group at 2257 feet! Proud of you all... More pics and full report at


We've arrived safely in , Switzerland, for 2018 snow sports trip. Greeted by heavy snow. Bodes well! Reports and pictures from tomorrow at


We're so proud of Crispin for his excellent performance in the Speak Out challenge regional final last night . Many congrats to winner Omotola from and all the other fantastic contestants. What a great event!


Retweetd From Georgia Hewson

"Wotsists for 50p" brilliant speech by Crispin from about the black market in unhealthy snacks on the playground fuelling an unhealthy lifestyle.


Retweetd From Josie Verghese

Amazing to have so many Southwark schools represented by impressive young people at tonight’s event - high 5 Teams and SILS!


Retweetd From SouthwarkYA's

Good afternoon Please can you let your students 16+ know we are recruiting thank you ☺


Great game indeed and congratulations to the winners too! :-)

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.



Our aim in the Geography department is make students aware of their place in the world and how they interact with its constituents; from the local level looking at, for example, regeneration in Peckham to global issues such as climate change, migration and global population growth.

We continually update our lessons to use current and relevant case studies that make lessons topical, challenging and engaging.

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future. As well as being a study of where places are and what they are like, the subject studies how and why they are changing and at what rate the change is taking place.

Teaching and Learning

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons. Through whole class, group/pair and one-to-one teaching methods combined with enquiry-based research activities, students are encouraged to ask as well as answer geographical questions. Field work is embedded into the entire curriculum right from Key Stage 3 onwards. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as digital maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, and we enable them to use IT and GIS in geography lessons where this serves to enhance their learning. Students demonstrate their understanding through a range of activities including, but not limited to, role-play, discussions, decision making tasks, report writing, presentations etc.

A unique viewpoint

Geographers have a unique viewpoint combining political and economic aspects with an understanding of the physical processes. Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation and tolerance of peoples’ attitudes and values.

We live at a time when events and changes in one part of the world can rapidly affect people and environments in other parts of the world. Economies, environments and cultures are linked across the world as never before. Citizens of the 21st century will have to understand these global interconnections and interdependencies in order to maintain and improve their economic and social wellbeing and to minimise damage to the environment.

Geography is part of the humanities faculty and uses skills from English and Maths in a contextual way.

For further information please contact Jonathan Maserejje on

Curriculum summary


Year 7


Term 1a Geography: my passport to the world

Enquiry question - Geography: my passport to the world

Term 1b The Hitchhikers Guide to my Galaxy

Enquiry question - How can Geography help me understand the world?

Term 2a From Cairo to Cape Town

Enquiry question - What is Africa like and how it is changing? 

Term 2b Whoop whoop, it’s the sound of the police

Enquiry question - How does crime impact people and environments?

Term 3a  Behind the seams

Enquiry question - What is the human and environmental cost of my shopping?

Term 3b From Pole to Pole

Enquiry question -  Why are the Poles significant, and how are they changing?

Further information about the Year 7 Geography curriculum can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Year 8


Term 1a Exciting Environments

Enquiry question - What are the world’s main biomes and how do humans interact with them?

Term 1b  Angry Earth

Enquiry question - What are tectonic processes and how do they impact humans and environments?

Term 2a  Borders borders everywhere, and not a wall in sight 

Enquiry question -  What are borders and how do they impact people and the environment? 

Term 2b The Rise and Rise of China

Enquiry question - How and why is China changing, and what are the impacts of this?

Term 3a Land ho!

Enquiry question - How and why are the UK’s rivers and coastline changing?

Term 3b Contagion

Enquiry question - How do diseases spread, and what can Geography do to help prevent pandemics?

Further information about the Year 8 Geography curriculum can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Key Stage 4

Our new 9-1 geography syllabus follows the OCR B specification (Geography for enquiring minds). This specification is engaging and optimally prepares our young people for employment and further study. Our current year 10 cohort is the pioneer group for this new 9-1 geography qualification which our students have the privilege of commencing in year 9.

Year 9

Term 1a

Unit title: The UK; a nation of change

Spatial focus: The UK, Europe

Enquiry Question: What is the UK like and how is it changing?

Concepts/synoptic links: Physical and human landscapes    

Term 1b

Unit title: The BRICS

Spatial focus: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa

Enquiry Question: What are the BRICS and what does the future hold in store for them?

Concepts/synoptic links: Development, resources, trade, economy, sustainability, geopolitics, population, ecosystems           

Term 2a

Unit title: Global Hazards (T1)

Spatial focus: UK (flood), Horn of Africa (drought), China (earthquake)

Enquiry Question:

How can weather be hazardous?

How do plate tectonics shape the world?

Concepts/synoptic links: Hazards, weather, tectonics, risk

Term 2b

Unit title: Global Hazards continued (T1)

Spatial focus: UK (flood), Horn of Africa (drought), China (earthquake)

Enquiry Question:

How can weather be hazardous?

How do plate tectonics shape the world?

Concepts/synoptic links: Hazards, weather, tectonics, risk

Term 3a

Unit title:  Distinctive landscapes (T3)

Spatial focus: UK

Enquiry Question:

What makes a landscape distinctive?

What influences the landscape of the UK?

Concepts/synoptic links: River and coastal landforms, processes and management

Term 3b

Unit title: Fieldwork skills (linked to T5)

Spatial focus: London

Enquiry Question: How does the human geography of London vary in different parts of the city?

Possible trips/fieldwork/talks: Data collection in two areas of London

Concepts/synoptic links: Fieldwork skills, data collection, culture, migration, urban geographies

Year 10

Term 1a

Unit title: Sustaining Ecosystems (T4)

Spatial focus: Brazil, Arctic, Antarctic

Enquiry Question:

Why are natural ecosystems important?

Why should tropical rainforests matter to us?

Is there more to polar environments than ice?

Concepts/synoptic links: Environments and ecosystems, sustainable management, resources

Term 1b

Unit title: Changing Climate (T2)

Spatial focus: Bangladesh, UK, Horn of Africa

Enquiry Question: What evidence is there to suggest climate change is a natural process?

Concepts/synoptic links: Climate change, greenhouse effect, development, global/local actions

Term 2a

Unit title: Urban Futures (T5)

Spatial focus: London, Lagos

Enquiry Question:

Why do more than half the world’s population live in cities?

What are the challenges and opportunities for cities today?

Possible trips/fieldwork: Fieldwork on urban challenges in London

Concepts/synoptic links: Urban challenges, sustainability, management, megacities

Term 2b

Unit title: Dynamic Development (T6)

Spatial focus: Nigeria, Horn of Africa

Enquiry Question:

Why are some countries richer than others?

Are LIDC’s likely to stay poor?

Concepts/synoptic links: Development, resources, sustainability

Term 3a

Unit title: UK in the 21st century (T7)

Spatial focus: UK

Enquiry Question: How is the UK changing in the 21st century?

Concepts/synoptic links: Economic development, employment, hubs and flows, power

Term 3b

Unit title:  Fieldwork linking to (T3)

Spatial focus: UK

Enquiry Question:

What makes a landscape distinctive?

What influences the landscape of the UK?

Possible trips/fieldwork: Fieldwork in local river

Concepts/synoptic links: River landforms, processes and management

Year 11

Unit 1 Dynamic Planet

  • Restless Earth
  • Changing Climate
  • Battle for the Biosphere
  • Water world
  • River processes and pressures
  • Oceans on the edge

Further information about the GCSE Geography curriculum can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.


Assessments are done in exam conditions within lessons.

Key Stage 3 will have assessments every half term reflecting the content they have studied. The assessments will be testing the students on a variety of geographical skills such as map reading and there will be a mixture of questions from short multiple choice questions and longer 8 markers.

Key Stage 4 will have assessments every 3-4 weeks, depending when the topic has been taught. The assessments will be based on past GCSE papers.

OCR B (Geography for Enquiring Minds): The GCSE exams will be set out as below:

  • Component 01:- Our Natural World -  1 hour 15 minutes ; weighing 35%
  • Component 02:- People and Society-  1 hour 15 minutes; weighing 35%
  • Component 03:- Geographical Exploration- 1 hour 30 minutes; weighing 30%

Examples of work

Example 1 - Assessment (Year 8)

Geography - year 8 assesment

Example 2 - Revision mind map (Year 10)

Geography - Revision mind map - Year 10

Example 3 - Population and resources (Year 10)

Geography - example of work - Year 10

Example 4 - "Big Write" literacy piece

Geography - 'Big Write' literacy piece


Example of homework 1 - Animal poaching and Gulf war oil spill (Year 9)

Geography - Year 9 homework

Example of homework 2 - Sustainable cities (Year 9)

Geography - year 9 example of work 2

Example of homework 3 - Colombia (Year 7)

Geography - homework year 7

Example of homework 4 - My ecological footprint (Year 10)

Geography - homework - Year 10

You can see more examples of homework from all subjects in our homework portfolio.

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 Geography begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Helpful resources

Key Stage 3

Geog. 1 (ISBN 978 0 19 839302 3) and Geog 2 (ISBN 978-0198393030) 4th Edition

Key Stage 4

OCR Geography B: Geography for Enquiry Minds – ISBN 978-1-4718-5309-8

CGP OCR B- Geography for Enquiring Minds:The Revision Guide – ISBN 978-1-78294-618-2


Geographical Association -

BBC Schools Geography -


Geographers are trained to be good decision-makers who look at all aspects of a situation. Some jobs make direct use of geographical knowledge such as those in tourism, town planning and environmental management and teaching.

Geographers can

  • make a concise report
  • handle data
  • ask questions and find answers
  • make decisions about an issue
  • analyse material
  • organise themselves
  • think creatively and independently

Geographers are:

  • good communicators
  • spatially aware
  • socially, economically and environmentally aware
  • problem solvers
  • good team players
  • computer literate
  • well rounded, flexible thinkers

Possible careers for Geographers include:

  • Town Planning
  • Social Work
  • Market researh
  • Housing
  • Estate agents
  • Disaster management
  • Civil engineering

Geography is also useful for law, journalism, medicine and working in the media for example because it combines the understanding of the facts of the sciences with the perception of the arts.

Geography - career desdinations of graduates