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"You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about Geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it."
Michael Palin - Actor, Writer, Comedian, TV Presenter

Geography is the study of the world around us. It involves learning about a wide variety of issues and topics ranging from climate change and cities to natural hazards and globalisation. Geography also teaches pupils important skills such as problem solving and critical thinking and allows them to gain an appreciation and understanding of the world and its processes. At Preston School, Geography is taught using a variety of contemporary methods focusing on an enquiry approach to learning. This involves the use ICT, GIS and a number of fieldwork opportunities outside the classroom.

Geography is a popular subject at Preston School. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study a number of different topics focusing on geographical issues, such as weather and climate and tectonic hazards; as well as specific countries and regions, such as Russia, the UK and Brazil. In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils study the AQA GCSE Specification. This new GCSE course focuses on many of the key issues facing the world in the 21st Century, as well as teaching pupils about their important role as global citizens. Geography is also a highly successful subject within the School of Global Understanding with last year’s GCSE Geography students achieving 74% A*- C.



Historians are often asked: what is the use or relevance of studying History? Why on earth does it matter what happened long ago? The answer is that History is inescapable. It studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Far from being a 'dead' subject, it connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections.

History at Preston School is becoming an increasingly popular subject as an option choice with results in 2016 at 75% A*-C. We follow a GCSE course from the AQA exam board that incorporates a broad sweep of history along a theme of Power and People 1170 to Present Day. There is also the opportunity to focus on specific depth studies that include Norman England 1066-1100, America 1920-1973 and Conflict and Tension 1894-1918. The History Department aims to provide the opportunity to visit the Battlefields of WW1 each year to support the learning of our students.

We believe in academic rigor and challenge whilst encouraging our students to learn independently to be the best that they can be. Bringing History to Life and Life IS History!



Modern Foreign Languages at Preston School encompass French, Italian and Spanish. Whichever language you study you will have high quality and engaging teaching, using up-to-date and authentic resources and materials, including ICT and software / websites designed specifically for language learning. In the MFL department here at Preston School our aim is to develop competent and confident linguists who understand the wider benefits of language study, whether for career opportunities, communication skills development, or for personal growth and developing a more open and curious mind. Our students are very successful in their studies with 93 % (on average) achieving A* - C in their GCSE.

During the course students will study a variety of topics learning how to share opinions on wide range of issues from family life, to school and future plans for study and work, from social issues to environmental debates. The course is designed to include as much cultural input as possible, students will explore music and film in their chosen language as well as some literature and poetry. Of course this is all combined with the fundamentals of the grammar and structure of the language studied. The department ran a fantastic French trip in early September 2016 for year 8 / 9 students and there are plans for similar trips in Italian and Spanish. There is also a very successful exchange programme ongoing with a Spanish school for y9 /10 students and we hope to establish further visits for French and Italian students in the senior school in the near future.

Life Studies, Philosophy & Ethics

life studies

This subject is fundamental to developing the whole student in school. We study belief systems from all over the world and look at their response to a variety of moral and ethical dilemmas. We challenge the students to investigate their own views on the world and make sure they are comfortable with how they view the world. This year we have been redesigning the course for the year 10 and 11 students who have not chosen to do a GCSE course to make the subject more relevant and accessible.

We have recently gained 75% A* - C for the option group this is on the back of other years of comparable successes for the whole year group. We have visited Bristol Cathedral and the Dechen Buddhist Centre in Bristol in the past year and will be visiting Jam Yang Buddhist centre in Kennington in the new year as part of the GCSE Philosophy and ethics course.

Curriculum Booklets

Year 7


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