On Sunday 7th October, 37 Remove pupils set off to the stunning Jurassic coastline of Studland and Old Harry Rocks. A mandatory requirement of the GCSE course is to undertake two days of field work, one human and one physical. Sunday afternoon started with a gentle stroll on Studland beach, which is a National Nature Reserve and an SSSI, pupils were collecting data to see how the large volumes of tourists are managed on this long stretch of stunning coastline. Next we ventured out to Old Harry Rocks at Handfast Point, pupils were excited to see these famous natural chalk stacks and stumps, having studied them in the classroom. The group took a slight detour home along South Beach and the pupils took advantage of the lovely National Trust café. The geographers then headed to their accommodation for the evening – Swanage YHA, the rooms and food were excellent; followed by a post-supper classroom session to run through the data collection methods for Monday.
Monday morning arrived and after a superb cooked breakfast, Dean Close hit the Swanage beach and started measuring groynes to see if the process of Longshore-drift was active along the coast of the bay. The pupils also practised several other primary data collection techniques, heading back along the beach a kind café owner was closing up for the season and gave the pupils free ice lollies. After taking some artistic photos on the front the group walked up the steep slopes back to the YHA and settled back in to the classroom to consolidate the findings.
Head of Geography, Claire Bourne, said, “We had an excellent time and the pupils excelled in their behaviour and geography data collection skills.”