Geography is a dynamic, challenging and exciting subject at Formby High School. The aim of the Geography Department is to allow pupils to develop a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of the world that they live in. The pupils will become aware of the links between physical and human environments and the impact they can have on these. This is becoming increasingly important in today’s globally interconnected society.

As a department we seek to encourage every pupil to have pride in their work and take responsibility for their own learning and broaden both their geographical knowledge and understanding by providing an interesting and engaging course. We promote the development of transferable skills which will be valued way beyond their school years.

Orienteering, the Global Eyes Club and the Geographical Association Quiz Event are our core extracurricular activities.

Students’ learning is supported by a range of fieldwork opportunities in every year group. These fieldwork experiences develop students’ understanding and foster a love of the natural and human environment. Snowdonia, The Lake District and Liverpool are our traditional study locations and the Department offers an Iceland residential during the academic year.


Geography at Key Stage 3

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Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

  1. Map Skills
  2. British Isles
  3. Rock into Soil
  4. Population
  5. Coastal Landscapes

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers

  1. Asian Giants
  2. Weather and Climate
  3. International Development

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers

  1. Middle East
  2. Economic Activity
  3. Climate Change

Assessed Curriculum Related Expectations (ACREs) – Key Stage 3


Geography at Key Stage 4

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We follow the new AQA GCSE Geography course. The assessment for the course is linear and students sit three examinations at the end of Year 11. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course and 2 days of fieldwork are completed.

Topics studied at GCSE include: Coastal Environments, River Systems, Ecosystems, Tectonic Hazards, Resource Development, Globalisation and Urban Development.


Geography at Key Stage 5

We deliver the new AQA GCE A Level Geography course. Year 12 follows the Physical Options of study and Year 13 follows the Human Options of Study. Students are examined at the end of the course in the summer of Year 13. Two examinations and a Fieldwork Investigation are completed. 4 days of fieldwork are completed at A Level.

Topics studied at A Level include: Carbon & Water Cycles, Population, Coastal Environments, Changing Places and Hazards.


Key Information


Geography Department


Mr McGuinness

Subject Leader for Geography


Teachers of Geography

Mrs Blanchard
Mr Gamble
Mrs MacDunne
Mr Quayle


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Careers Corner


The many skills acquired in the course of GCSE and A Level study make geographers very attractive to employers. Geography’s synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives provides ideal preparation for decision-making at work. Geography can lead to the study and work in of many related fields such as subjects such as Architecture, Environmental Research, Planning and Geology.