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Fieldtrip to Hengistbury Head!

The Humanities department and 5 other staff members took 66 year 10 pupils on a Geography GCSE fieldtrip to Hengistbury Head, in Christchurch near Bournemouth, to gather evidence about coastal management for one of their exams. After a 2-hour trip we arrived at the visitors’ centre and collected our thoughts before making our way to the beach

At the beach itself, we took measurement of the height and the angle of the beach either side of the groynes in order to determine if coastal management was doing an effective job of maintaining the depth of the beach.

Despite the warm weather, it was windy, but the pupils were resolute and focused on the task at hand. Thanks to their careful listening to instructions and some superb teamwork, they all managed to complete their fieldwork tasks within the time we had. We broke for an al-fresco lunch, and then we all climbed to the top of Warren Hill for the splendid panoramic views of the harbour, the spit and the local beaches.

Once we had walked back down the side of the hill to the visitors’ centre again, it only remained to have an ice-cream and a comfort break before boarding the coaches for our trip back to Slough.

A successful and enjoyable trip, thanks to the excellent conduct of the pupils, and the amazing support of the staff.