Teaching Staff

  • A.Hetherington (Director of Learning)
  • C.Patterson
  • S.Whitehead
  • C.Coates
  • O.Alcock

Department Information

Geography is about the interaction between people and their environment.  It is studied by all students in years 7-9 and is a very popular option at GCSE and A level.  The Geography Department at King James is committed to delivering interesting and exciting lessons as well as encouraging students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of all things geographical.


Key Stage 4

The AQA specification is followed. Formal assessment is at the end of Year 11

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment                    35% of final grade

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment                 35% of final grade

Paper 3: Geographical Applications                                          30% of final grade

During the 2 years students undertake fieldtrips to the Lake District and Seaham.


Year 10

In Year 10 students study, Living World, Urban Issues and Challenges, Hazards ,  Coasts and Rivers.

Living World looks at the world’s biomes with a key focus on the Amazon Rainforest and the Western Desert of the USA,

The urban topic looks at the issues and challenges of living in an increasingly urban world. Rio de Janeiro and London are the case studies used.

The UK’s physical geography is studied through rivers (River Tees) and coasts (Holderness). Flooding and coastal erosion are also investigated.


Year 11

In Year 11 students study Changing Economic World and Resource Management. They also undertake 2 pieces of fieldwork and prepare for the pre-release element of Paper 3.

Changing Economic World looks at the development gap between countries and reasons for it. The economies of Nigeria and the UK are studied in detail.

Resource Management looks at the issues and challenges of providing food, energy and water to the world’s growing population.


Year 10

Year 11

Living World

Changing Economic World

Urban Issues and Challenges

Resource Management


Pre Release Preparation

Coasts and Rivers

Revision – Skills, content and field work