A SCHOOL in Worcester has been praised for the standard of geography teaching it delivers.

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College was awarded a quality mark by the Geographical Association.

The award celebrates new and innovative approaches to teaching geography and also looks at how well students do and how well they are taught.

The Timberdine Avenue school was one of 37 schools from the UK, Thailand,Vietnam, China, Cyprus and Hong Kong to achieve the award.

Sean Devlin, principal, said: “It is very good to see the popularity of geography in the college and the excellent results that the students achieve.

"Outgoing area leader for humanities, Sue Rees, has been replaced by Nicole Sparey as head of geography.

"I know that our students will see changes and become even more enhanced and thrilled by geography.”

Alan Kinder, chief executive of the GA, said: "There has never been a more important time for all children and 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.

"Geography not only fascinates and inspires young people, it provides them with the knowledge and understanding they need to live in the modern world.

"Geography is, as we say in the GA’s manifesto, “fundamental to everyone” and I am delighted that a growing number of schools are teaching their students to fully engage with the subject."

The secondary geography quality mark (SGQM) award was given last month and all winners will be invited to attend a presentation at the GA's annual conference next April.