The Geography Department looks to reinforce the importance of fieldwork and enrichment opportunities by offering a range of exciting day and residential trips for Year 7 through to Year 13.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, our students quickly get to know the school site by undertaking field studies to practise their observational and analytical skills. Through investigating the quality of the school site, our students’ ideas have been put forward to school council and led to numerous improvements over the years.
In Year 8, students are given the opportunity to visit to the Volcanoes and Earthquakes exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. They get to experience the earthquake simulator and the ‘From the Beginning’ exhibition, but the highlight is participating in the ‘Rock the House’ interactive show in the Attenborough studio.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, geographers are required to undertake two compulsory field trips. In Year 10, students travel along a transect of the River Windrush, exploring changing river characteristics from Temple Guiting to Burford. In Year 11, students visit the idyllic honeypot town of Bourton-on-the-Water to measure key environmental and human characteristics to judge the impacts of tourism and the sphere of influence of the town. With all their data collected and collated, students then draw conclusions and test their predictions back in the classroom.
Key Stage 5
At ‘A’ level, we offer a range of exciting trips in the UK and overseas for students who opt to study Geography.
In November each year, all Year 13 geographers must attend a week long residential trip to Slapton Field Studies Centre in Devon as part of their ‘A’ Level qualification. They undertake a range of field studies techniques from both physical and human geography, which enables them to shape the independent investigation that they would like to submit. Day trips include coastal studies along Start Bay, urban studies in Plymouth and water cycle studies near the Slapton centre.
Finally, we offer a biennial overseas excursion to our ‘A’ Level geographers. In the past we have travelled to Iceland and the Bay of Naples. We are fortunate to be accompanied by an NST guide, the UK’s leading educational tour provider for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, who stays with us throughout the visit and provides a fascinating insight into everywhere we visit.
We have been lucky to visit the geographer’s ultimate playground in Iceland. We spend five days visiting the epic geological and fluvial landforms of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Reynishverfi and Dyrhólaey coast, Sόlheimajökull, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. We also spend time at the Hellisheidi Power Plant Tour exploring the concept of geothermal power that is so prevalent in Iceland. Staying in Reykjavik also allows our students to explore this fascinating city.
In the Bay of Naples, we again focus on tectonic processes by visiting Vesuvius and Solfatara as well as witnessing the aftermath of eruptions at Pompeii and Herculaneum. However, we are also keen for our students to experience the culture of the places we visit and therefore take in culinary experiences at lemon and olive groves and religious parades such La Via della Croce.
Payments for both trips can be made in instalments over a period of time. Our online payment system is the most efficient way to pay and allows parents to keep track of any payments made and any outstanding amounts. Payments can be made as and when convenient as long as the final deadline date is adhered to.