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July 5th 2023

GCSE Geographers head to Swanage

On the 26-28 June, Year 10 headed off on a GCSE Geography trip to Swanage in Dorset.  

On Monday, we went to Swanage Bay and measured coastal defence systems to investigate their effectiveness. Everyone had lots of fun as we got to walk along the beach in the sunshine. The next day we went to the River Piddle and got to go in the river and collect different types of data and test out Bradshaw’s model [a theory which shows how the size of the river affects stream flow]. Some of us got to wear wader suits and walk through the river - it was a really cool experience as most of us had never done this before. 

Later that day, we had a trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. We learnt many new things about the Jurassic Coast and the impact geology has on the coastline. There was also a little bit of extra hiking that day as the filming of Netflix’s ‘Sandman 2’ closed the car park at Durdle Door! 

On the last day we went to Boscombe, a small town which has undergone regeneration. We walked around and undertook surveys of the town to gauge whether it had been successful or not. It was a very eye-opening experience, as it was a very different area to what we were all used to. 

In true trip fashion (excuse the pun!), we customed and sported a brilliant trip T-shirt - designed by Eva from our year, in collaboration with the Art Department for a bit of mindfulness: ‘Keep calm and colour in’. 

Written by Tara, Year 10, GCSE Geography student


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