Our Year 10 Geography students took on their first field work expedition with a trip to Cotton Dell, a Staffordshire Wildlife Trust site near Oakmoor. It is a pretty reserve with ancient woodlands and flower-rich grassland located in a secluded valley.

The expedition is directly included in the final GCSE Geography exams and the physical geography work was related to river measurements, environment and related factors.

Looking ahead, the second expedition is relayed to human geography in central Birmingham.

Helen Barrett, Head of Humanities, said: “Geography is a subject which really benefits from the realities and feel of sites and, after the field visits falling by the wayside amidst the COVID restrictions, it was great to get the students out, about and active. They thoroughly enjoyed it and held up well to the rigours of the tasks.”