Geography is a popular and well regarded subject within the school. The department currently consists of five Geography teachers, with several also teaching other subjects. Lessons are mainly taught in specialised rooms, which are next to each other in a well-equipped block that was built in 2004. Each room is modern and well-resourced with its own whiteboard, interactive smartboard and computer linked to the school network. A dedicated computer room with 30 terminals is nearby.
Lessons are varied with a mix of problem solving exercises, research based activities, worksheets, use of the interactive smartboard, DVDs and group work. ICT is used to enhance students learning where possible, for example for researching and presenting information. Fieldwork is important and Year 7 students use the local area, Year 8 visit the coast at Flamborough and Year 10 GCSE students go on a residential fieldtrip in April to Bewerley Park to help them complete their controlled assessment. Year 12 fieldwork is carried out at the Cranedale Centre over three days in October. In addition, there is a fieldtrip to Iceland for Year 13 students.
The department has friendly, enthusiastic and committed teachers who are continuing to improve the already high standards of the department and would help support a new colleague in this post.