Cheney School

Cheney School


Head of Humanities and Business Faculty - Miss J GleeN - JGL@CHENEY.OXON.SCH.UK

Subject Lead - Miss B Rabbitts - BRB@CHENEY.OXON.SCH.UK

As Geographers we are passionate about the world around us: both our natural world and our ever-changing social world. We aim to encourage independence with enquiry-based learning with an emphasis on topical and current issues. We aim to engage and inspire students to look more closely at the world around them and to become global citizens.

Key Stage Three

All students in Key Stage Three (KS3) study Geography.  In Year 7 and 8 students are taught a range of topics to inspire their sense of place and an understanding of the world.


Year 7: Geographical Skills; Flooding; Our place in Europe; Adventure Landscapes; Crime; Disappearing Coasts.

Year 8: Global Fashion Industry; Tectonics; Africa; Wild Weather; Africa; State of the Planet.

Educational Visits

At KS3 we offer an enrichment field trip per year group: to Lulworth Cove in Year 7 and to the Natural History Museum in Year 8. We also take students out during lesson time for some local field work.


Students are assessed against National Curriculum criteria during each unit. We work to enable students to achieve their full potential during these assessments and so we often use the assessments as a tool for enabling students to progress and develop, not just to measure standards.

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage Four GCSE Geography we follow the OCR B specification – see  for details. 

GCSE - Geography B (Geography for Enquiring Minds) (9-1 ...








Our Natural World (01)

Global Hazards • Changing Climate • Distinctive Landscapes • Sustaining Ecosystems • Fieldwork • Geographical Skills

70 Marks

1 hour 15 minutes written paper

35% of total GCSE


People and Society (02)

Urban Futures • Dynamic Development • UK in the 21st Century • Resource Reliance • Fieldwork • Geographical Skills

70 Marks 1 hour 15 minutes written paper

35% of total GCSE


Geographical Exploration (03)

Geographical Skills • Decision Making Exercise

60 Marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

30% of total GCSE


Students taking the course from Year 9 will complete the course over three years and will undertake the two pieces of fieldwork.

All three units demand good knowledge and understanding of the course content, the ability to structure clearly written analytical answers, and to describe and analyse geographical sources. Exam questions range from one marked answers to fourteen marked answers and students will need to develop good geographical skills for graph and diagram questions.

Geography GCSE is an exciting and diverse subject. We use contemporary case studies to engage students and there are plenty of fieldwork opportunities which bring the subject to life. 

Key Stage Five

At Key Stage Five students have the opportunity to study Geography at A level.  Students are given a wide range of support and the opportunity to take part in various fieldtrips and enrichment activates such as attend GA lectures and work closely with Oxford University.

The Geography A level follows the Edexcel course. 

This is a qualification that enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway.

Paper 1: 2 hour exam (30%) Dynamic Landscapes 

Paper 2: 2 hour (30%) Landscape Systems, Processes and Change 

Paper 3: 1hr 45mins (20%) Physical Systems and Sustainability


Independent Investigation (20%) • 3,000 – 4,000 written report 

Students will be required to attend a four-day residential field trip in order to collect data and learn the skills needed for the exam. 

This is a requirement of the new Geography Specification and we anticipate the trip costing between £275 - £325 (there will be financial support available for those who qualify). 

What the students think:

  • •It’s super fun’, ‘It is really topical’ – Thomas Truscott
  • •‘The physical  stuff great’, ‘I like how it mixes science and social stuff at the same time’ Ed Irvine.
  • •‘It’s really cool’, ‘raises your awareness of the world and it is useful in all aspects of life’ – Inez Porter