school's geography department becomes 'centre of excellence'
The geography department at Highbridge's King Alfred School
has been awarded the status of a 'Centre of Excellence' by the
Geographical Association - becoming one of only a handful of schools
to achieve this award in the region.
Catherine Owen, Head of Geography, says the school is delighted
to have earned the recognition.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The department is delighted that
our efforts to make geography relevant and engaging for all of
our students have been recognised through this award."
Geographical Association is a UK association whose core objective
is to further geographical knowledge and understanding through
of the award comes as the school this month hosted a visit by
Bob Digby, an expert on the geography of the Olympics and Senior
Vice President of the Geographical Association.
He visited the Somerset Geography Conference, which was hosted
at the school and attended by geography teachers from across the
Catherine said: "Hosting the Somerset Geography Conference
is just one example of the way KAS has become a hub for sharing
good practice in geography teaching and we hope to develop this
role in the future."
Teachers travelled from schools as far afield as Frome, Ilminster
and Langport to hear Mr Digby talk about how the 2012 Olympics
is regenerating the Stratford area of London and to attend workshops
focussing on fieldwork in the school grounds, controlled assessment
and GIS. Sixth form students also joined in.
Pictured: Staff from schools across Somerset at the geography
conference held in King Alfred School