Course Introduction

Welcome to the Geography page at Islay High School website. Geography is a subject that encourages the development of a questioning and discovering mind. As a subject we encourage students to consider aspects of the world they know, Islay and then to move their thinking beyond what they know to the wider world.


Geography as a subject is unusual amongst other subjects in that it has a roughly equal emphasis on science and social science, this means there is something for everyone, no matter what your core interests.


At Islay High School we see geography as providing pupils with the language and skills to look at and think about the world, so that they can both explain why there is a bend in a river, why the wind blows on Islay and why their mobile phone is made in China and designed in America.





Geography is part of the Humanities and has two members of staff; Vanessa Fuery (Faculty Head) and Heather Priestly. Miss Fuery and Miss Priestly both teach Geography to lower school and Miss Fuery teaches certificated classes.

As staff we are passionate about encouraging pupils to have enquiring minds and to reach their potential, to do this we are always ready to try something new and follow the lead of pupils when appropriate.


We currently offer the SQA’s Geography course from National 4 – Advanced Higher level.


The study of geography introduces candidates to our changing world, its human interactions

and physical processes. Candidates develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to

contribute to their local communities and wider society. The study of geography fosters

positive life-long attitudes of environmental stewardship, sustainability and global citizenship.

Practical activities, including fieldwork, provide opportunities for candidates to interact with

their environment.

The contexts for study are local, national, international and global.

Candidates develop:

a range of geographical skills and techniques

detailed understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in

response to physical processes and human interactions at local, national, international

d global levels

 detailed understanding of spatial relationships and of the changing world in a balanced,

critical and sympathetic way

a geographical perspective on environmental and social issues

an interest in and concern for the environment, leading to sustainable development

Transferable skills include:

using and interpreting a range of geographical information interpreting and explaining geographical phenomena

using a range of maps and other data to process and communicate geographical


researching skills, including fieldwork


Extra-curricular activities

Our teachers offer assistance to all students at any point during the school day. We also offer Drop-In Session during lunchtime and after school on a Thursday for any student who wishes extra time to revise the course content.

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