Welcome to the subject page for Geography.

You’ll find key information including staffing, curriculum plans and contact details on this page.

Curriculum Intent

‘Geography prepares young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales’.

Dr Rita Gardner, Director, RGS-IBG quoted in A Different View (GA, 2009)

As a RRS school, geography as a discipline provides many opportunities to develop an individual’s respect for the world around them while also aiming to help them become positive global citizens. The subject provides students with the knowledge of where places and landscapes are formed, how people and the environment are connected and future issues that young people will have to be prepared for. It builds on students’ own experiences investigating at local and global levels.

At Clyst Vale, we aim to introduce students to places around the world while allowing questioning of theories. As a result of this we look at increasing their cultural capital beyond the city of Exeter to appreciate different cultures, societies and physical settings. Students are prepared for life beyond GCSE / A level with the development of multi curricular skills including problem solving, argument formation and statistical analysis. The curriculum is designed to offer all students access to fundamental skills of geography including, but not limited to, identifying places in the world, describing features and explaining processes. We also stretch students to think beyond theories allowing them to become inquisitive and draw complex links between multiple ideas. Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography allowing students to formulate their own investigations taking ownership of data and analysis through new technologies. Geography inspires pupils to explore their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.

                                                                           “Geography is all around us.  It is about the real world, right now.”

Geography is the study of the Earth’s people, places, landscapes and environments. It mixes the arts and the sciences and bridges the learning gap between many other subjects e.g. History, B&V, Science, Maths, English and ICT.

We aim to encourage every student to develop an understanding of the world around them. We want all students to have pride in their work and take responsibility for their own learning. We promote the development of transferable skills which can be valued beyond the walls of the classroom.

Students have the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of learning resources and styles. For example, students develop their problem solving and researching skills by using ICT, fieldwork and diagrams, internet, maps, videos, newspaper articles, photographs and books.

Schemes of Learning


KS3 Level Descriptors

The department run a range of trips and residentitals.


We offer the following opportunities for fieldwork:

  • GCSE fieldtrip to Dawlish Warren in year 10 summer term to investigate the process of Longshore drift and how it has created the sandspit. (2021 photo attached)
  • GCSE fieldtrip to Bristol to investigate Urban regeneration during autumn term of year 11.
  • At A-level we do at least 4 days fieldwork over the 2 years, 2 physical and 2 human.

Trips include:

  • Residential trip to Leeson house in Dorset
  • Day trip to Slapton ley field studies centre to look at infiltration rates
  • Urban Inequalities in Plymouth
  • Urban regeneration in Plymouth, focusing on the Waterfront developments and the regeneration of the city centre. (photo attached from last year)
  • Day trip investigating the characteristics of the River Otter.
  • 2020 International trip to Iceland for GCSE and A-Level students