Cheney School

Cheney School


Head of Humanities and Business Faculty - Miss J Gleen -

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 a number of students are taught in Humanities groups to further support their literacy, with the rest in mixed Geography groups. 


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

Year 8: Global Fashion Industry; Risky World; Africa; Wild Weather; Brazil; Extreme Environments.

Educational Visits

At KS3 we offer an enrichment field trip per year group; to Lulworth Cover 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 follows the WJEC B specification and looks at a range of economic, social and environmental issues e.g. “The Geography of mobile phones” and the “management of the Grand Canyon”. We offer a residential field trip for GCSE as well as field work day trips.

The department also offers Entry Pathway for Humanities, which provides a great overview of Geography and History for students with weaker literacy skills.

Students can choose a GCSE prep course in Year 9 as ½ and full option to help prepare them for a GCSE in History or Geography in Year 10 or 11.

Students can take a Humanities Bridging in Year 9 as an enrichment course to stretch and challenge students prior to a GCSE in Year 10 or 11.

Some students can be recommended to opt for the World Development AS in Year 11 if we feel they are ready for the challenge.

Key Stage Five

At Key Stage Five students have the opportunity to study Geography or World Development at A level.  In both cases 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 to go on our bi-annual Morocco trip.

The Geography A level follows the Edexcel course and looks at current issues such as natural hazards and globalisation. Fieldwork is undertaken locally and examined in a field work exam.

The World Development A level follows the WJEC specification and looks at types of development, causes of the gap, possible barriers and solutions. Students undertake coursework both at AS and A level allowing them to improve their independent study skills and to go in to the exam with a part of the qualification under their belt.