Geography students head to Cumbria for field trip


A LEVEL Geography students, whose GCSE studies during Covid meant they got few opportunities for field study, spent a week in Cumbria.

The Year 12 and 13 Haslingden High School and Sixth Form students stayed at Blencathra Field Study Council where they were immersed in their chosen subject.

Natasha Parsons, 18, said: “I didn’t do any field trips during GCSEs because I was in Year 10 when Covid hit and for half the year study was online, so this was a really fun week.”

Owen Rhodes, 17, said: “For our first three days we did taster sessions. On the Monday we did pilot studies into water and carbonisation and on Tuesday we went into Keswick to study the human side of Geography.”

The 15 students spent nearly two hours climbing up a corrie, a horseshoe-shaped valley, to see where glaciers start and then they learnt about data collection before completing their own independent studies.

Natasha focused on the human side of geography while Owen went to Grasmere to learn more about water and used an infiltrometer to measure the rate of water infiltration into the soil.

The data they collected then formed the basis for further independent research when they returned to Sixth Form.

Natasha is hoping to study Psychology at university and Owen would like to pursue a geography-based career.