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Greenbank High School

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TES Awards 2014

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious national award – TES Humanities School of the Year, 2014.  To be shortlisted for such a high-profile award is an honour and is testament to both the high levels of pupil engagement, creativity and love of Humanities subjects; but also to the staff who consistently deliver high quality lessons and experiences. The presentation ceremony took place on the 4th July in London and we were delighted to be recognised in the top 3.

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious national award – TES Humanities School of the Year, 2014.  To be shortlisted for such a high-profile award is an honour and is testament to both the high levels of pupil engagement, creativity and love of Humanities subjects; but also to the staff who consistently deliver high quality lessons and experiences. The presentation ceremony took place on the 4th July in London and we were delighted to be recognised in the top 3.

The nomination was based on the Geography department; please find some information below relating to the nomination and the department itself.

We have a strong Geography culture here at Greenbank and we are proud to say that all pupils are taught by specialist Geography teachers. The Head Teacher himself is a Geographer and delivers at KS3. Other members of the team include: Mrs Sharon Naughton (Director of Learning for Humanities and Geography Subject Leader); Miss Gemma Batterbsy; Mr Neil Moore (Deputy Head) and Mr Williamson (Assistant Headteacher). It is a popular subject at GCSE and since 2011 all pupils take Geography and/or History. Geography is taught as a separate subject at KS3 with pupils receiving 3 hours over a fortnight and 5 hours at KS4. All our schemes of work are based around current geographical issues and every resource is available for pupils to access at home, through our VLE.  We consistently achieve outstanding results, above the national average – with high numbers of pupils making 4 or more levels of progress from KS2.

The department prides itself on its continued success and was recognised in an Ofsted visit as delivering outstanding teaching at KS4. As a result the Department has been the focus of a National Geography Advisor visit for Outstanding Practice (November 2012). The visit focused on the effective delivery of Case Studies at Key Stage 4 and encouraging pupils to apply knowledge and understanding to further develop their Geography awareness. (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/good-practice-resource-excellent-geography-teaching-greenbank-high-school).  As a result of this we were published in the TES in 2013; the Subject Leader (S Naughton) was nominated and received a GA Fellowship and was asked to present at the SSAT Achievement Show in July 2013, London. As a result of this, the Department was invited to apply for the GA Quality Mark and we were awarded the Mark in September 2013, after a successful application.

Pupils have a genuine love and enjoyment for Humanities at Greenbank. We run numerous extra-curricular opportunities; annual fieldtrips for every year group; an annual over-seas residential and we deliver Geography/History/RE to a number of our KS2 feeder schools. Within the Faculty we have a dedicated SMSC co-ordinated and they ensure that every pupil is included and catered for, maximising the scope of our subject areas.

 


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