Geography Field Trip

No Geography field trip is complete without sunshine but unfortunately year 12 A-Level geographers, who travelled to Swanage Dorset for their data collection to support their non-examine assessment were a few days early and travelled into the joys of the Atlantic weather and arrived in rain. The rain increased and the clothes began to soak through, but I am pleased to say that the students and staff carried on.

The purpose of the trip was to collect data, understand statistical analysis and see the coastal landscape in its true form. The end result will be that the students will create their own individual investigation with a title of their choice and submit 4000 words to secure up to 20% of there A-Level.

The three day residential is long and intense with pupils beginning the days at 08:00 and finishing each night at 20:30 working both in the field and in the classroom. In between the learning students are able to bond with their new peers, experience life away from home and enjoy the different environment.

Highlights outside the day to day learning are the ghost walk, access to the games and relaxing in the TV common room. It really does give them a taster for potential university life. Dinners were eaten quickly with little discussion and beds were found waiting after the working days.

I am pleased to say that as promised as ordered the sun did make an appearance and students were able to choose which coastal location they wanted to return to in order to collect their own data. While the rest of school were in their lessons the A-level geographers where able to enjoy a day on the beach listening to waves and taking sand measurements and samples amongst the beaches and dunes.

I can honestly say taking the pupils away is the highlight of my job where you see our young students’ becoming mature adults with friendship, work ethics and happy faces. Sings songs in the mini bus home, stories and tales and memories that I hope will last a long time.

I now look forward to reading the 4000+ word investigation and if you wish to see images of the residential then please see your twitter feed @verulamgeogHOD #VGSwanage18.

Mr Woodville

Head of Geography

Verulam School St Albans Hertfordshire

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