Tapton School Academy Trust

National award for Forge Valley School

The Geography department at Forge Valley has been awarded the Secondary Geographical Quality Mark by the Geographical Association.

The award is in ‘recognition of the excellence in teaching and learning in geography’ at the school, and Forge Valley are currently the only secondary school in South Yorkshire to have received the award.

The Geographical Association is the leading subject association for teachers in Geography. Its Quality Marks are prestigious awards which recognise and promote quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching.

Samantha Walker, Subject Leader for Geography at Forge Valley, applied for the award in December 2019. She said: “I was asked to provide evidence to meet a number of criteria on a variety of areas linked to teaching and learning in geography. This included evidence of field work, student and staff feedback, careers progression and examples of student work, which represented our delivery of the curriculum and the diverse range of engaging topics that students study.”

In July 2020 the evidence was submitted to the panel for consideration, and in September Samantha received confirmation from the Geographical Association on successfully achieving the award.

Dale Barrowclough, Headteacher at Forge Valley School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this award and I am extremely proud of the dedicated Geography department, and our enthusiastic, hardworking students. I think that we can all agree that both physical and social geographical contemporary matters are shaping humanity with more influence than ever before. This award helps acknowledge that pupils at Forge Valley School are equipped with a suitable understanding of geographical issues in order to shape the geography of future generations”

Forge Valley School will be hosting a Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 1st October for parents of Y6 students. To find out more visit www.forgevalley.school