Year 10 Geographers visit Swanage

Year 10 geography students spent a cold and blustery few days in Swanage on a field trip.

Their first stop before arriving at Swanage, was the historic Corfe Castle with its village, full of rural charm and quaint buildings. Students were here to investigate the land use within Corfe and to discuss the impacts of tourism at this ‘Honeypot site’. Little did we know that this would be the only day where the sun made an appearance…

On Saturday morning, the students were taken for a scenic but blustery walk along the National Trail pathways to see some classic coastal features such as ‘Old Harry’ and had explained how these  features had been created. Students braved Swanage Beach in the afternoon to complete beach profiles and investigate longshore drift, despite the snow showers, low temperatures and high winds! Saturday evening blessed us with more snow flurries which settled over night.

 Our determined Geographer were up and out bright and early the next morning, to investigate the river characteristics of the River Wey. The staff from the Allnatt Centre were really impressed with the students’ positive attitude and commitment despite the cold and snowy conditions. Later on that day, students also visited the lovely tourist resort of Weymouth, where they were able to investigate the effect of the Olympic Legacy in Weymouth, as the main hosts of the Water Sports events.

Monday morning was a wintry start at Lulworth Cove where students were able to examine how this stunning landform was created. Due to the continued snow and icy conditions, they were unable them to  continue our walk, to the disappointment of Miss Wren and Mr Kingdom. Our Geographers were greeted by the sun later on in the day at Lulworth, in time for their work on how the estate is being managed as a World Heritage Site.

Staff was very proud to have such a fantastic group of year 10 Geographers with them in Dorset. They were a real credit to themselves and the school and the weather didn’t hold them back at all….it made for some excellent photo opportunities.

Mr. J Callender Head of School said “Listening to the stories from the pupils on their return highlights the experience and learning gained from this trip.  Even the weather could not deter our epic geographers and again our pupils have made everyone proud with their engagement and attitude to learning.”