The aim of the geography curriculum at Macmillan is to engender the excitement, creativity and critical thinking about the world that will equip our young people to make their own way in it.


We want our students to be amazed at the beauty of our earth and fascinated by the forces that helped shape it. We want them to be curious about the many challenges we all face – climate change, food and water security, energy choices, inequality, sustainability – and to think about what they might do to help tackle these complex issues.

Our students will learn where places are, how those places and its landscapes were formed, how people interact with their surroundings, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected and interdependent. We will seek to build on our students’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global. The three main organising concepts of geography are usually said to be place, space and environment.

They are the key ideas involved in framing geography as a subject and can be applied to identify a question, guide an investigation, organise information, suggest an explanation or assist in decision-making.


Our students will be skilful: using maps and images of people and places, numerical data and graphical modes of communication and getting to grips with the geographic information systems that underpin our everyday lives. We want our young people to be able to ‘think geographically’: to be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to new settings in a rapidly changing world and to see and interpret the world through a ‘geographical lens’. Thinking geographically can support students in understanding and interpreting their own reactions to people and places, and in reflecting on different perspectives to their own.

Geography at Macmillan will help our young people to better understand themselves, their relationships with others and with the world in which they live.


Department Staff
Staff Role
Mr J Cox Head of Department
Mrs M Ditchburn Teacher of Geography
Miss H Wood Teacher of Geography
Miss D Plant Teacher of Geography