Our Teaching Staff

   Head of Department Teaching Staff
  Miss L. McDonagh

Miss C. Holland (HOY 8)

Miss K. Smith

Miss L. Morris

Geography is the study of the Earth's landscapes, people, places and environments. It is quite simply about the world in which we live in. Geography is an education for life, it helps us to be more socially and environmentally sensitive and more aware of our surroundings.

When you read about a news article about a natural disaster or why a new development in a place is causing problems, studying geography can help you to understand why this might be happening.


Geography should inspire a pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Topics covered in KS3


  • Unit 1: Where are we?
  • Unit 2: Is Rochester a tourist destination?
  • Unit 3: Fair trade
  • Unit 4: Weather watch


  • Unit 1: Africa and Asia compared
  • Unit 2: Tropical and desert landscapes
  • Unit 3 – Natural hazards
  • Unit 4: India – population boom


Follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.


GCSE – AQA A GCSE syllabus. 100% exam assessment, over 3 exams

Topics covered include: Urban growth globally, the development gap, rivers and coasts, natural hazards and the economic future of the UK.

You will undertake two pieces of contrasting fieldwork, one in an urban environment and one in the rural landscape. Each piece will be assessed during exam paper 3 at the end of year 11.

To succeed in GCSE Geography you must have a passion for current affairs and want to investigate how some of the major world issues are currently being addressed. You will need to ensure you have both excellent English and numeracy skills. The course involves statistical analysis and data handling.

Useful information 

Atlases – having access to an atlas will allow them to build a more detailed knowledge of the world around them and help to piece together the places used as case studies within class.

Google Earth and GE Graph – These are both Free to download and can be accessed online. These tools are vital to help pupils build a sense of place and knowledge of scale.

Essentials Revision Guides –These can be used for revision and also include exam practice questions. They can be purchased from Miss McDonagh for £3.

Current Case Studies – Geography is about current events and affairs. Try to have discussions about events that have occurred or places that have been in the news. This knowledge is vital at GCSE. Pupils should be able to comment on the most recent natural disaster or human crisis facing a place.

Extend your Learning in Geography 

Geography further reading list

Any newspaper articles on world current affairs.

National Geographic magazine – available in the library or at most news agents.

Wide World magazine - available in the school library.

Fiction – with a focus on other cultures.

Elizabeth Laird - The Garbage King

Yen Mah Adeline – The Chinese Cinderella

Geraldine McCaughrean – The Kite Rider

Diane Matcheck -The Sacrifice

Geography recommended website list.  A list of geographical websites arranged by category  Relevant up to date information Statistics about the UK   Nasa created satellite images.  A range of maps at different scales. UK wide

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Geography curriculum, please contact Miss McDonagh at: