Top Geography Award

Mrs Addison congratulates Mr Mcrae on the National Geographic Award. Also pictured are Geography teachers Mrs Clark, Mr Chappel, Miss Durkin and members of the Healing "Geography Globetrotters' Club."

Quality geography teaching at a North East Lincolnshire school has been recognised by a prestigious national award.

Healing School was one of only 64 nationwide to have been given the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) by the Geographical Association (GA) this month.

The SGQM, in its fifth year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement. It sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography and aims to promote effective subject leadership and management.

Healing's Principal Ann Addison said the award represented another example of the school's continued strive for excellence.

"It's terrific to see individual departments receive recognition from distinguished national institutions, like the Geographical Association," she said. "Our students deserve the highest possible standards from our teaching and non-teaching staff and this quality mark in geography is further evidence that is what they are receiving.

"I'm delighted for our hard-working team in humanities."

All the award winners underwent a rigorous moderation process and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which they embraced new and innovative approaches to teaching geography.

Alan Kinder, Chief Executive of the GA, said there had never been a more important time for young people to study geography.

"Growing up in the 21st century means living in an increasingly interconnected world, one facing a growing number of global challenges such as climate change and the need to live our lives sustainably," he said. "Geography not only fascinates and inspires young people, it provides them with the knowledge and understanding they need to live in the modern world."

The Secondary Geography Quality Mark awardees will be acknowledged at the GA Annual Conference held at the University of Surrey, 14–16 April 2014.

The award comes during a week in which the Ofsted-rated outstanding school was placed in the top nine English non-selective schools in The Guardian newspaper's GCSE guide, developed in association with the Open Public Services Network.

An online search tool - found at www.theguardian.com - uses results data from every mainstream secondary school across the country over a four-year period.

The guide also uses a "school impact" measure, merging pupils' previous attainment with social factors such as free school meals, to compare schools with similar intakes.

Healing School - Friday 20th September 2013

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