We aim to develop students’ awareness of the human, physical and spiritual world in which they live and an understanding of how each of these factors influences modern life.


We encourage our students to think critically and formulate logical and well supported opinions both verbally and in writing. As well as building these skills in young people, the Department has a proven track record of examination success at GCSE level, supporting all pupils to fulfil their great potential.



In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study Geography, History and RS as separate subjects. In Years 7 and 9, Geography and History are both allocated two lessons per week and Religious Studies one lesson. In Year 8, Geography and History are allocated two lessons per week, but Religious Studies is delivered to each teaching group as a rolling 8 week block of lessons.



In Years 10 and 11, students choose their GCSE options from Geography, History, and Sociology, and we are proud to attract numerous pupils to study more than one of these subjects.

All students follow the full course GCSE in Philosophy and Applied Ethics which begins in Year 9 and for which they are taught one period a week in Years 10 and 11.



The Geography team aims to equip pupils at Judgemeadow Community College with a deep knowledge of the human and natural world around us and with a wide range of transferable skills that they will use throughout their lives. We will enable pupils to solve problems, make decisions, improve their spatial awareness and appreciate the unique characteristics of the world around us. The units of study that pupils will undertake in Years 7, 8 and 9 are designed to awaken pupils' interest in Geography and to begin building the core knowledge and communication skills that they will need should they choose the subject to study at GCSE. The programme of study is outlined below:

Year 7 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Exploring the UK
  • Introduction to Geography
  • My favourite place
  • What is the UK like: physical & human features, climate
  • Where do people live
Vanishing England
  • Coasts & the processes that shape them
  • The landforms of erosion and deposition
  • The impact of erosion
  • How do we protect coasts

Year 7 Spring Term

Topic Overview
  • What is development and how do we measure it
  • The characteristics of an LIDC
  • What is the global pattern of development
  • The human and physical characteristics of India
  • How is India connected to the world
  • How globalisation is changing Bengalura
  • Life in Dharavi
  • How can the problems of urbanisation be solved

Year 7 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Study of Leicester
  • The characteristics of a city - how does Leicester fit the pattern
  • How areas of Leicester vary
  • Enquiry skills
Geographical Map Skills
  • How we read maps: symbols, grid references, scale and height of land

Year 8 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Dangerous Earth
  • Earth's structure
  • Where earthquakes and volcanoes are found
  • What happens at plate boundaries
  • Features of a volcano - what happens when volcanoes erupt
  • The cause and impact of tsumanis
  • How hazards compare
A Crowded Planet
  • How global population has changed
  • Factors affecting population

Year 8 Spring Term

Topic Overview
A Crowded Planet
  • The One Child Policy and its role today
  • The global distribution of population
  • Australia - a case study
Water on the Land
  • Is water evenly distributed around the world?
  • Main rivers around the world & how thry are used
  • River Nile - a case study

Year 8 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Water on the Land
  • Parts of a river
  • Why rivers flood
  • River flooding in Bangladesh - a case study
  • National Parks and their characteristics
  • Why people visit National Parks
  • Impacts of tourism on National Parks
  • Peak District - a case study

Year 9

Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Global Hazards
  • How weather can be hazardous
  • Processes occuring at plate boundaries
  • How tectonic movement can be dangerous
  • How technology can save lives in hazard zones

Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Global Hazards
  • Why we have weather extremes
  • When weather extremes become hazards
Climate Change  

Year 9 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Urban Features
  • How the global pattern of urbanisation is changing
  • What rapid urbanisation means for cities

Year 10 Autumn Term



Urban Features
  • What life is like for people in a city
  • How can cities become more sustainable
UK in the 21st Century
  • What the UK looks like in the 21st century
  • How the UK's population and economy is changing
  • The UK's political role in the world
  • How is the UK's cultural influence changing

Year 10 Spring Term



Distinctive Landscapes
  • What is a landscape - the physical landscapes of the UK
  • What physical processes shape landscapes
  • The characteristics of two landscapes in the UK

Year 10 Summer Term



  • Two enquiry based investigations based around Hunstanton

Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Dynamic Development
  • What is development and how can it be measured
  • How has it led to uneven development
  • How has an LIDC developed so far & what global connections influence its development
  • What development strategy is most appropriate

Year 11 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Sustaining Ecosystems
  • What are ecosystems
  • Biodiversity in rain forests, why they are being exploited and how can this be managed sustainably
  • What it is like in the Arctic and Antarctica
  • How humans are seeking a sustainable solution for polar environments
Resource Reliance
  • How increasing demand for food has affected our planet
  • Food security: what it means, how countries ensure food security and how these strategies are sustainable

Year 11 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Geographical exploration
  • A synoptic assessment of material from a range of topics studied during the course
  • Decision making skills questions

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Department aims to support pupils in their progress through the provision of additional learning opportunities. For example, there are a range of revision and catch-up clinics for Pupils in Years 10 and 11 to support them through their GCSE studies. We also aim to widen pupils' educational experiences by offering field trips at both key stages. In the past these have included historical trips to Warwick Castle, and the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, as well as geographical fieldwork undertaken in the Peak District National Park and Norfolk.



There are many different reasons to study History, as it is a superb combination of all the other school subjects. Firstly, History helps you explore and discover how your world evolved. It helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions of the world we live in and to express and support your own opinions. History at Judgemeadow enables you to learn how and why people behaved as they did, whether they are Henry VIII, Hitler or Roosevelt. It provides students with a range of skills employers demand.


"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
                                                                                - Edmund Burke


KS3 Curriculum

The units of study that are undertaken by pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are designed to awaken pupils' interest in History and to begin building the core knowledge, communication and evaluation skills that they need should they choose to study History at GCSE. The programme of study is outlined below:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
What is History? The Tudors The Industrial Revolution
Tollund Man The Stuarts World War I
The Norman Conquest The British Empire World War II
Medieval England Slavery The Holocaust



KS4 Curriculum

The History Team has a strong track record for delivering high quality GCSE results, last year attaining 77% A*-C. We currently follow the GCSE Syllabus for the Edexcel Certificate Click here to view it.This comprises 4 units of study, examined in two written papers worth 50% each.

All pupils study the following units:



Sociology at Judgemeadow Community College aims to allow students to develop a wide ranging and deep knowledge about the society that they live in. The course aims to allow students a perspective of how sociologists understand the structure of society's issues. The course gives the students transferable skills such as, questioning the evidence and information that they will be using thus developing their skills of critical and analytical thinking.


KS4 Curriculum

The Sociology Team have a proven track record of delivering high quality GCSE results, last year attaining 73% A*-C which is 12% above the national average. We currently follow the GCSE Syllabus for AQA which comprises of two units of study, examined at the end of year 11. The exam consists of two written papers with each worth 50%, and lasting an hour and a half.
To view the Syllabus please click here.

All pupils study the following units:

Unit 1

Unit 2




Head of Department