Geography provides the opportunity to investigate the physical and human features of our surroundings. Processes affecting the physical environment and landscape are explained and pupils are introduced to topical human issues to encourage an understanding of local to global problems.
Our aim is to develop an awareness of the world in which we live. We hope to prepare students for a world of global business and different cultures and to promote good citizenship.
Our high levels of academic achievement are a result of the staff commitment to the pupils in all aspects of our teaching. Geography has an exceptionally high success rate at GCSE and A level. On average two-thirds of pupils achieve A* or A grades at GCSE. A level results are well above the national average. On average three-quarters of pupils achieve A or B. Geography is a very popular option subject at GCSE and A level. Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography curriculum at Birkdale.
Why Study Geography?
- It offers a broad knowledge base
- It uses numerical and graphical skills
- Problem solving and decision making skills
- It promotes teamwork
- It links well with most other subjects
- It is about the real world
- It opens up many career avenues
- A variety of fieldwork opportunities including trips abroad
- The ability to work in a team and individually
- The use of ICT is an integral part of the curriculum
- Graphical and cartographic representation
- The development of various skills in communication & literacy
- Statistical analysis of large amounts of data
- The development of research skills
- Analytical skills and the ability to interpret maps & diagrams
- Discussion and role play
- Decision making and problem solving
The school has its own weather station, located on the roof of the Oakholme building. A webpage updated directly from the weather station, can be found here: www1.birkdaleschool.org.uk/weather (requires flash player).