Category Archives: Geography

AGGS was awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) and Centre of Excellence status

SGCM-Centre of Excellence statusThe Geographical Association (GA) has announced that AGGS was awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) with Centre of Excellence status.

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 was hugely impressed by the manner in which all are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM, now into its 9th 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.

In 2015, AGGS was one of 8 schools who were also awarded the coveted Centre of Excellence status. These hubs of excellence are pivotal to the GA’s desire to spread good practice through the development of local networks of teachers. The Centre of Excellence award recognises a school’s contribution to disseminating quality approaches to the teaching of geography. In these schools geography is managed by enthusiastic curriculum leaders who are able to inspire their colleagues.

We are very proud of this achievement.


Mr Emms was awarded the Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education

Mr Andrew EmmsA huge ‘Congratulations’ to Mr Emms for being awarded the prestigious Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education at secondary level.

Ordnance Survey




The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements. Recipients join a prestigious list that includes Sir Alexander Burnes, David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace, Captain R. Scott and more recently Professor Peter Haggett, Sir Crispin Tickell and Sir David Attenborough.

This year, the Society’s medals and awards recognise eighteen different people for their outstanding contributions to Geography. The awards will be presented on 1 June 2015 at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.’