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Brilliant to have our own police cadet unit on site! Our first intake of recruits are into week 12 of their training. Next intake in September!


Fantastic trip to China Town for a meal (and to practise our language skills!) and then to the British Museum!


Our Year 8 boys are south region Federation champions!


Official opening today! Very special event with superb speeches from our students in all three of the languages that they study!


Great excitement as we set off for this morning and an added bonus that we got to use the brand new !


What a show! our students had an amazing time!


Our students as language teachers! Thank you for welcoming us and for allowing us to share our knowledge and enjoyment of learning Spanish and Chinese with you!


Thank you to for a very informative session with our students on road safety awareness.


Our amazing students started their work with two weeks ago and we are already in the top 100 schools!


Ten Clapham Credits cashed in for ice-cream today!


Thank you for a spectacular show this week - thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike!


Huge congratulations to all our finalists and our first-ever winner of Clapham's Got Talent. You were all amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed admiring your skills and talents!


Great to see so many of our students taking up the offer of learning to play a musical instrument. Well done for modelling The Clapham Commitment and being both curious and tenacious!


Very enriching Globe Theatre visit and workshop for our students this week to support them in their study of The Merchant of Venice.


Speaker building and gnocchi making in design technology for Year 8 today!


Great to welcome to the Lambeth


Great to welcome to the Lambeth


Love this ‘micro-reading’ task from , so great for engaging students with different parts of Chinese characters. Can you find the missing parts on the right?


Love this ‘micro-reading’ task from , so great for engaging students with different parts of Chinese characters. Can you find the missing parts on the right?



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Geography is the study of relationships between physical and human phenomena that give rise to spatial patterns on the surface of the earth. Whilst other disciplines may study landscape, flora and fauna, the atmosphere, people and culture, the built environment and political territories, geography is the only discipline that concerns itself with the relationships between these resulting in spatial differentiation. As such, a sound understanding of geography is critically important for students today to help them make sense of the world they live in and broaden their horizons to the world of possibilities an understanding of geography opens.

Geography allows us to think in an alternative way; alternative to a subject based purely on factual recall, but rather encourages us to think geographically. It forces us to ask questions about some of the most controversial and pressing issues affecting the world today such as climate change, resource use, population growth, and examine them through an enquiry approach; and it will be the geography students of today who are best equipped to solve these issues.

Geography is uniquely placed to empower students from all backgrounds through developing a multifaceted view of the world and their place within it. When taught well, the power of diversity in geography serves to tackle stereotypes and improve representation of places and people globally and locally.

Through our curriculum, we aim to ensure that students acquire powerful geographical knowledge to help them make sense of their lives and the world around them, but also to take them beyond their everyday lived experiences and expose them to the wider world.  We aim to inculcate a love of geography in our students and develop their self-esteem so that they can effectively participate in societies’ ‘big conversations’ about contemporary global issues.  

Geography is for everyone, but we recognise that certain communities have been underrepresented in Geography for a long time. We want to increase the engagement with, and uptake of geography, at A-level and at University particularly of traditionally underrepresented groups. We believe it is important for students to not only learn about a wide range of global experiences, but to engage with scholarship from a diverse pool of academics so they can see a future for themselves in Geography.

Geographical enquiry is at the heart of a strong geography education as it encourages thinking geographically. Enquiry deepens conceptual understanding through reasoning, data interpretation, argumentation and fieldwork. Enquiry incorporates a range of approaches to teaching and learning, including both those strongly led by teachers and those with greater independence for students.  An enquiry approach helps students to engage with, and make sense of, geographical data, and encourages a questioning approach supported by evidence from the real world. This is embedded in our curriculum through ‘big questions’ for every topic; carefully scaffolded enquiry plenary lessons at the end of every topic once students have acquired the appropriate knowledge and understanding to undertake the enquiry and fieldwork which is integrated into KS3 and KS4.  Students will also study geographical enquiry through fieldwork, which is embedded into the curriculum in KS3 and KS4 to develop their disciplinary knowledge.

We believe that knowledge can be questioned and challenged. Some knowledge is fallible and open to debate because it is susceptible to the limitations of theories and ideas created by people. As such a ‘tick-list’ of key facts does not constitute academic excellence; facts on their own are not knowledge.

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and the geography curriculum serves as an important vehicle to represent the world accurately, fairly and truthfully and in a way that reflects a plurality of voices that we learn from rather than about.

Please see below to read our progression map for geography in Years 7 to 11


Geography Curriculum 18th Nov 2023 Download