The Geography Department at Fairwater High School consists of two full-time geographers based in two classrooms in the Upper School building.
Geography is taught across the age and ability range to GCSE and A-level by this specialist team. Geography is a popular subject at Fairwater High School with a large proportion of pupils opting for the subject at Key Stages 4 and 5.
Examination results at GCSE are very good and there has been a considerable increase in the number of pupils gaining grades A* – C at A-level / AS level.
The department is well organised and resourced. We have established standardised and effective assessment procedures across Key Stage 3,4 and 5 and have in place schemes, which recognise attainment and achievement at all levels.
Practical work and fieldwork are seen by the department as entitlement for all pupils and are linked with cross-curricular work in other areas. All year groups make full use of the library and the many ICT areas around the school in addition to a bank of laptops which are available for classroom use.
The department has a comprehensive set of resources and is well equipped with a range of textbooks and interactive materials. The department’s suite of rooms has two interactive whiteboards.
This thriving and dynamic department plays a full role in school life. Department staff are actively involved with pupil support and guidance, with after school revision lessons and educational visits to a variety of locations.
Our Key Stage 5 results are outstanding and stand above the school average. Pupils continue to achieve and exceed their predicted grades. This is due to the experience, dedication and commitment of the department in leading our pupils through a demanding syllabus. We hold weekly after school lessons and undertake relevant fieldwork to enrich the learning experience. Many of our students go on to study Geography at university.
A Level Success
A2 (A-C =73%) (A-E = 100%)
AS (A-C = 89%) (A-E 100%)
GCSE Success 2013
(A-C 73%) (A-G 100%)
The recent GCSE results were of a high standard and this achievement has enabled a large number of pupils to return to study Geography at AS level. The pupils above are currently embarking on their AS level with a sound foundation in the subject on which they will build and grow.
Key Stage 3 2013
Level 5+ 82% Level 6+ 55%
What the pupils say
Key Stage 5
The Geography Department have helped me excel throughout my school years. Their encouragement and support has contributed to my success and will continue to strengthen my success into the nearby future.
Key Stage 4
Their guidance and enthusiastic teaching has encouraged me to broaden my knowledge further into A-Level.
Key Stage 3
Geography is my favourite subject; I look forward to the exciting lessons that my teachers provide for me each week.
The Geography Department has helped me achieve an outstanding grade that I am extremely proud of.
- Local river study at all three key stages (Afon LLwyd).
- Taff Ely wind farm study and redevelopment of Cardiff city core at key stage 4.
- Redevelopment of inner city areas especially Cardiff is a focus at key stage 3 and 5.
- Local tourist attraction visits at key stage 3 such as Greenmeadow Community Farm.