The Geography Department has been celebrating the award of the Geographical Association Quality Mark. Only 46 schools in the country have received this award from the leading subject association for teaching in Geography for excellence in teaching and learning.
Paul Kilbride, Headmaster of Old Swinford Hospital said “It’s wonderful to see the excellent work of our Geography department recognised by its professional body. Many congratulations to all of our Geographers – staff and pupils.”
All the award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which schools this year are embracing new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SQGM recognises student attainment, progress and achievement, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography.
Alan Kinder, Chief Executive of the GA says “There has never been a more important time for all children and young people to study geography. Growing up in the 21st century means living in an increasingly interconnected world. The world is facing a growing number of global challenges such as climate change and the need to live our lives sustainably. Geography not only fascinates and inspires young people, it provides them with the knowledge and understanding they need.”
Deputy Head, Jane Epton commented “The Geography department continues to go from strength to strength and it is quite fitting that they have been formally recognised with the GA Mark. Many congratulations to the department.”