In November, the Y12 Geographers spent the week at Flatford Mill in Suffolk.  The Mill lies at the heart of the hamlet of Flatford and appeared in a number of John Constable’s paintings.  We felt lucky to stay in this Grade I listed building, steeped in history and surrounded by stunning countryside.  The magnificence of the architecture was only temporarily masked by the mess in some of our bedrooms !

The weather wasn’t perfect; although bright and dry, we had gale force winds and a wind-chill factor below freezing at times.  This didn’t dampen our spirits and we just added even more layers and thawed out with plenty of hot tea and cake !

As part of our AQA A-Level, we studied changing places in Harwich, carbon and water cycles in the Brett Valley and coastal defence strategies at Walton-on-the-Naze.  We then analysed our findings using the latest GIS technologies, such as ArcGIS, Google Earth and GE Graph.

The field trip was a huge success, the students thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot, and huge thanks to Ms Young and Mrs Barrett (who rescued the visit by stepping in last minute).

The write-ups and photos can be found at