Teaching and learning in the Geography Department at SNHS has been graded as excellent by the Geographical Association. Only 52 schools nationally (UK) have been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) in September 2014. All the Geography teachers at SNHS are very proud to achieve this standard. The award was applied for by Kirsty Moore, (Head of Department) who produced a portfolio, with the assistance of other geographers to highlight and record the good practice.
The SGQM award process encourages and supports schools to reflect on their work and strive for the highest quality in their teaching. All the award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which SNHS embraces new and innovative approaches to teaching geography.
The SGQM, now into its fifth year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in areas such as geographical knowledge, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It aims to promote effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools.