As well as the compulsory trips that are part of the curriculum, the department also runs a number of enrichment trips throughout the year. These are optional trips that are designed to build students’ geographical experiences, develop their personal skills and be fun at the same time.
The department offers a residential trip to Blencathra Field Studies Centre in the Lake District. This is our Adventurous Geography trip. The trip is exactly as the name suggests with the standout activities being rock climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling and a hike up Cat Bells overlooking Derwent Water. This takes place over a long weekend in May and is available to every student in year eight.
For students who study Geography at GCSE there is an option to visit Iceland for five days in July, this visit is linked to the topics that they study and offers students a unique opportunity to witness much of their course first hand. Students go caving through lava tubes, climb glaciers, swim in warm geothermal pools and experience some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. This trip takes place towards the end of the school year in the collapsed weeks at the end of term.