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On Chesil Beach: Geography students leading their own learning

20th April 2017

The A Level Geography field trip was no ordinary school trip. The students decided to take the lead in planning and delivering a remarkable 36 hour event. Chesil Beach was a new venue and this offered a number of challenges; 18 miles of beach to survey, an overnight accommodation to sort as well as feeding the troops for the whole challenge.

They used their risk assessment planning skills from their AS trip to plan how the fieldwork would be delivered. They short-listed appropriate economical accommodation (good preparation for university) in a Haven Holiday Park Caravan as well as catering for it independently on a budget.


The whole experience was remarkable; the data they produced was surprising and has seen them using Southampton University resources to explain their results. Their enthusiasm was infectious too and this was noted by the Headmaster who came across a rather excited Mr Acher after the trip. This work forms an important part of their summer A level examinations.