To enable our pupils to appreciate the world around them: its diversity; culture; geography and history. To provide them with the skills required to question and critically evaluate their place in the world.

Head of Faculty

Mr M Gibbard (


The East Manchester Academy’s geography curriculum allows pupils to build knowledge and awareness of the world they live in and the global issues that they will be impacted by or will need an awareness of in their lives beyond the school. Our curriculum will also ensure that pupils are exposed to both human and physical topics so that they have a sufficient breadth of knowledge but also equal development of the skills that they will need in KS4 should they opt for Geography. Pupils will develop their ability to use geographical skills, data, maps and construct arguments using evidence. These lessons will help them to develop skills that will be crucial in the world of work as well as being a well-equipped and environmentally aware global citizen. Consequently, our KS3 curriculum provides pupils with an overview of different physical and human concepts. The KS4 curriculum will ensure all pupils are suitably prepared for their year 11 examination, whilst also developing their geographical understanding of the world they live in.


The East Manchester Academy’s history curriculum allows pupils to build a substantive and essential body of knowledge of both British and international history, that will play part in all pupils’ cultural understanding. Our curriculum will also ensure that pupils are building the disciplinary knowledge of an historian alongside developing skills that will be crucial in the world of work; for example, studying conflicting interpretations or learning to draw conclusions from a diverse evidence base. Further to this, through our extensive and carefully considered schemes of work at Key Stage 3, students consider topics both individually and thematically – considering the significance of individual events and people alongside concepts like change, continuity, conflict, religion and protest.

Our History GCSE engages students with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world proving them with skills that will support progression to further study of history and a wide range of other subjects. The GCSE has been chosen with interesting topics in mind that have modern relevance to the lives of our students and allowing them to consider the validity of a variety of different interpretations of the past.

Key concepts underpin both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum in history – focused around the important historical ideas of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Assessments at Key Stage 3 are written with these in mind and at Key Stage 4 model the assessments they would complete at the end of the course.

Religious Education

In RE we aim to help children develop knowledge and understanding of the diverse community we belong to. We will promote tolerance of different world views and provide pupils with opportunities to develop their own opinions of difficult issues. Pupils will be encouraged to investigate the working of a range of religious traditions and question their own beliefs in a safe and respectful environment. We will help pupils to express themselves and evaluate other views to effectively come to conclusions about issues connected to spiritual and ethical topics.

Consequently, our KS3 curriculum provides pupils with an extensive overview of the six major world religions. This KS3 curriculum aims to build a foundation of knowledge and skills essential for greater specialisation within our AQA Religious Studies GCSE and Theology A-level options. The KS4 curriculum provides an in-depth study of Christianity and Islam, as well as application of religious beliefs to key ethical issues.

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