Year 11 were taken on an adventure to the East Coast on the 26th and 27th of September this year as part of their GCSE controlled assessment which accounts for 25% of their final grade in Geography!
The field trip involved around 36 pupils as well as a handful of staff including Miss Lonsdale (Geography), Mrs Parkinson (Geography), Mr Humphreys (Geography), Mr Morley (History), Mr Jones (Deputy Head) and Mr Baxter (Pastoral).
The first day started with a 3 hour coach trip to the town of Hornsea, south of the traditional holiday town of Scarborough. On arrival, we took a small scenic walk along the promenade where a number of coastal defences were evident including groynes, a sea wall and rip-rap. As we ventured further along, we came to a section of coastline where severe cliff erosion is quite clear and urgently threatens a caravan holiday park situated above the cliff itself. This was the perfect location for students to carry out their data collection due to the abundant evidence of coastal erosion. Data collection included a handful of equipment for the teams to measure cliff heights, beach profiles, longshore drift and the profile of the rock and pebble sediment along the beach. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day on the East Coast (many of us even managed to get a tan!) and consequently the conditions for the data collection were perfect.
The evening took us to our accommodation for the night in Scarborough where we began to gather our data together. We were also treated to a luxury 3-course meal to help restore energy after the day’s hard work (who could forget that Michelin-star tomato soup?)!
The second day started as glorious as the first – the sunrise over Scarborough from the hotel was truly stunning! We travelled to Flamborough Head to carry out the same data collection methods as at Hornsea so that comparisons could be made. We began with a 45-minute walk along the coastline where we saw a number of spectacular geographical landforms including arches, stacks, stumps and caves – all of which are attributed to coastal erosion and will be pivotal in the year 11 coursework. At the end of the walk was a bay known as ‘North Landing,’ whereby Year 11 students carried out their data collection.
Later on that Saturday we headed back towards Shevington – needless to say there were a number of snores coming from across the coach after a busy 2 days of outdoor activity! The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and staff and data collected will now play a significant role in the controlled assessments that Year 11 have begun to write up!