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Geography Curriculum Intent Statement

Our intent is for the Geography curriculum to develop students as ‘Global Thinkers’, who have an inquisitive approach to the impacts we have on our planet and a clear understanding of the processes which shape the Earth.


Geography’s Vision

Our vision is to provide an engaging and enriching curriculum that gives students the opportunity to discover some of the greatest issues facing the planet, through the lens of continental case studies whilst supporting students to develop Geographical understanding of physical processes, human impacts and skills. Geography is a fantastic subject with extraordinary educational potential for informing future Global Citizens and helping to shape the future of our planet.  The subject challenges pupils with ‘real world’ issues from the local to the global. These can literally change the way we see the world, for example, the meaning of place, the significance of scale (local, regional, national, international, global), sustainable development, interdependence and diversity.  The department has a vision for all students to ‘Think Globally’ challenging misconceptions about global issues and helping students to overcome challenges facing our planet with their own sustainable solutions.


Geography’s Purpose

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, empowering students to ‘Think Like Geographers’ and asking questions about their planet and how their actions can impact their future. Teaching will 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. 

At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA specification

Year 9

Physical Landscapes of the UK (Year 7 Coasts and Rivers)

Urban Challenges and Issues (Year 7 Settlement, Year 8 Urban Living, Year 7 Population)

The Living World (Year 8 Hot Environments)

Year 10

Resource Management (Year 8 Water Conflict)

Natural Hazards (Year 7 Weather & Climate Change, Year 8 Weather Hazards)

Fieldwork (Year 7 and 8 Geographical Skills)

Year 11

The Changing Economic World (Year 8 Globalisation, Year 7 UK & Wider World, Year 8 Economic Activity)

At Key Stage 5 students follow the AQA specification


Year 12

Changes Places

Coastal Systems and Landscapes

Resource Security


Year 13

Water and Carbon Cycles

Global Systems and Governance

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.


Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.