‘Geography is all about the living, breathing essence of the world we live in. It explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’
Geography is the study of the earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Our aims here at Westholme are to develop a sense of place and to develop an awareness of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments. Geography gives an insight into the relationships between people and the environment and how each affects the other and to comprehend the concept of sustainable development. Geography enables students to foster a sympathetic understanding of some of the major issues of social concern such as poverty and population problems.
2014 GCSE results:
A*/A - 70%
A* - C - 100%
A-level Geography at Westholme includes a detailed exploration of a rich variety of human and physical Geography topics. Many of our students continue with their study of Geography at university. We are particularly delighted that three talented Westholme students have all secured offers to study Geography at Cambridge University in recent years; Emily Richardson at Emmanuel College, Lucy Jones at Lucy Cavendish College and Tori Redmond at Jesus College. Our A-level students attend lectures organised by the Geographical Association to enhance their geographical knowledge and increase their chances of gaining a place at a top university.
AS level students study: Rivers, Coasts, Population and Health issues. Fieldwork activities: fieldtrip to the Lake District to carry out a river study, a comparison of wards in Blackburn, coastal studies on the sand dunes at Ainsdale and a study of regeneration in Stratford, London-the site of the 2012 Olympics.
A2 level students study Plate Tectonics and associated hazards, World Cities and Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges. Fieldwork activities: regeneration of Manchester city centre and Salford Quays and the conflict over Scout Moor wind farm.
2014 A-Level results:
A* - 20%
A*-B - 80%
A*-D - 100%
The students have the opportunity to participate in educational visits abroad during the school holidays. In recent years the Geography Department has run trips to China (2007), Iceland (2008), Italy (2009), Iceland (2011), the west coast of the USA to see the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park (2012) and Sicily (2014).
‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page'