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The timing couldn’t have been better – two Geography field trips to the beach during the recent heatwave! However, there certainly wasn’t time for sunbathing as 70 Year 10 students visited their case study location of Swanage Bay on the Dorset Coast to collect essential data for the new fieldwork exam.


After setting off early for the Jurassic Coast, students surveyed the bay from Durleston Head, measuring beach sediment to prove that long-shore drift was happening (the process of material being moved along the coast), and examined how effective the 18 groynes costing £2.2 million have been at stopping coastal erosion. Students then considered the social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges provided by tourism in Swanage and assessed how services meet the needs of tourists and or locals (not very well with 89% of shops being designed for tourists!).


The afternoon was spent at Studland Beach, where students completed field sketches of Old Harry Rocks, a perfect example of a sea stack formed by erosion, before testing their knowledge with an exam question. They worked fantastically well to get everything done, especially given the extreme temperatures.


This was also Mr Clayton’s last fieldtrip before he leaves this summer. The coach was decorated in celebration of him and before he did his last ever student count, staff and students made a tunnel of celebration to applaud him onto the coach!



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