Geography Trip to Dorset

Sep 13, 2021

Angela

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We always hope to run this trip in June to get the very best of the great British weather, but with storms forecast for 3 days straight, we kitted out the students in waterproof coats and trousers and boarded our coach for sea, sand and rain. To our surprise, we managed to remain dry and sun burnt for most of the weekend.

Staying at the lovely Leeson manor house with just 16 students and the only school due to Covid restrictions was delightful.  We played pool (Ben Avis is far too good), table tennis and rounders. We also did some fieldwork and made huge steps forward in students’ NEAs.

On the Saturday at 7:30am we travelled to Swanage to investigate coastal management, looking at the impact of groynes and sea walls as well as individual management strategies adopted by local hotels. Sunday we were exploring managed retreat down at Studland; measuring beach  profiles and looking at sand dune succession. Both evenings (after some excellent food) we did 2 hours of classroom time to get students’ NEAs moving.

On our final day, Monday, we walked from Lulworth Cove, up and over to Durdle Door for a paddle in the sea then back to Lulworth to have ice cream before heading home.

Students loved the views and the ice cream, but not so much the walk! Once again students were a credit to themselves and the school. All in all we had a great trip, stunning coastlines, beautiful weather and engaging and funny students; perfect combination for a geography trip. Long may trips be able to continue: we missed them greatly last year!

Mrs Moore, Head of Humanities

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