The Geography department for 2017/18 is made up of 3 specialist members of staff: Mrs Bulleyment, Mrs Davies and Mrs Price-Tattersall and 5 non-specialist staff: Mr Ward, Mrs Vernon, Mrs Walker, Mr Sidhu and Mrs Kaur.
The Geography Department are a consistently high performing department in the school. At GCSE 30% of our students in 2017 achieved the top grades of A*-A, a percentage which has risen over the last 5 years. 80% of students achieved A*-A and 100% of students gained A*-G. Students make rapid progress within our department, with 60% of students in 2017 making 4 levels of progress from KS2 and 30% of students making 5 levels of progress from KS2. At KS5, 100% of our students have achieved grade A*-C at both AS and A-level over the last two years.
These superb results are testament to the dedicated, creative, hardworking and passionate staff who make the department what it is and to the high standards of teaching and learning that the team inspire to uphold.
One of the main strengths of the department is with assessment for learning. Effective assessment, monitoring, moderation and reporting systems are in place so that the staff and students are clear about their target and current grades and what they need to do in order to make further progress. Student’s at all key stages complete a rigorous assessment every half term and there is regular use of self-review sheets, peer and self-assessment and progress ladders in lessons which provide pupils with opportunities to identify strengths and areas for improvement in their learning.
Here is the vision and mission statement of the Geography department at Aldersley High School:
‘The geography department at Aldersley High School aims to stimulate in our students, an interest in and a sense of wonder about places and people at all levels, from the personal to the global. We have extremely high expectations of all of the students we teach and aim to encourage their questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues that affect their lives, now and in the future. The department strives to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world and their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. We endeavour to foster a lifelong love of geography through varied activities both inside and outside the classroom and prepare well-rounded students for the world after 16, both as members of society and in whatever career path they choose to follow.’