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Staff List

Miss V Murphy - Head of Department

Mr P Flaxman

Ms M Gallagher

Miss E Jasper

Department Overview

Geography is, simply, about the World we live in. Learning through Geography helps us all to be more aware of the people and environments around us. The Department has a reputation for outstanding achievement with 85% of year 11 students achieving an A*-C and 49% an A*/A (2014). Barking Abbey Geography Department has been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark, for outstanding Teaching and Learning, and has also received the prestigious Centre of Excellence Award from the Geographical Association.

Geography is a subject that is extremely popular with employers as it is regarded as an academic subject and equips students with all the Key Skills. As a result an increasing number of students take Geography at A Level and also carry on to study it at University. We are committed to providing field work opportunities for our students, and visits include Barking Park, Colchester Zoo, Walton-on-the-Naze, London Docklands and the Stratford Olympic site.

The department is committed to supporting students throughout their studies and drop in sessions are available at Lower School (Wednesday lunchtimes) and Upper School (Tuesdays 3-4pm) where students can receive additional support with class/homework.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Our place in the world 

  • The UK 

  • Hydrology 

  • India 

  • 2012: The Greenest Olympics? 

  • Ecosystems

Year 8

  • Plate Tectonics 

  • Glacial Environments 

  • Africa 

  • Climate Change 

  • Coasts 

  • Population


Year 9

  • Geographical Skills

  • Extreme Environments: deserts, mountains and earthquakes   

 Year 10

  • Similarities and Differences in Settlement & Population (including a Population Issue) 

  • Barking and Dagenham and Mumbai case studies

Year 11

  • Controlled Assessment 

  • You as a Global Citizen (including an Energy Issue)


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