Harrogate High School


Welcome to the Geography Department


  • Mrs F. Rhodes (Head of Department)
  • Mr Richards

Geography Film

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Links to SMSC

Geography lessons make a real impact on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding of students at Harrogate High School. The study of real people in real places, and of our relationship with the environment, is at the heart of our geography curriculum. Social development is fostered through cooperating well with others as part of a team and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. Most geographical issues have a moral dimension. The study of environmental relationships, in particular, provides a wealth of opportunities for distinguishing a moral dimension. Spiritual development is promoted through examples which include a comparison of the life of a child in a Brazilian favela with their own, and reflecting upon how we can reduce the impact of the new school building upon the environment. We make a major contribution to cultural development through our study of distant localities such as India and China, which the students are unlikely to visit themselves.

Links to British Values including Prevent duty

Our diverse curriculum allows students to engage with the ´British values´ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. We encourage students to talk about their personal ´geographies´, to think critically about their own place in the world and to appreciate the diversity of the world. Geography lessons encourage our students to explore how places have been changed by the contexts and processes that have shaped them. It helps our students to understand the complex ways in which communities and societies are linked and to appreciate the diversity of people´s backgrounds. Geography also helps pupils to understand society better. Appreciating diversity encourages positive relationships and shared values. It promotes tolerance and partnership, within local and wider communities. For example, the study of different cultural traditions enables students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.