A key focus of our GCSE and A-Level Geography courses is our field work where classroom theory can be placed in a real-life context.

This has taken in a range of locations both home and abroad in recent years and we have our bi-annual trip to Italy schedule in for 2024-2025.

Our most recent field work saw Year 13 geographers carrying out investigations with the Environmental Education Project at Rosliston.

Based at Rosliston Forestry Centre, it holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and works with partners such as the National Forest Company, Rolls-Royce PLC, Forestry England, The Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s to provide interesting and engaging opportunities locally and nationally. Their main aim is to enable people to learn about the environment whilst having fun whilst also promoting the built environment and the District’s unique cultural and industrial heritage.

The research was connected to the students’ modules on ‘Water & Carbon Cycles’ and supported both coursework and examination work.

Helen Young, Geography teacher, said: “Our students measured pH, phosphate and nitrate levels in watercourses on the site to look for evidence of water pollution, and calculated the carbon content of trees to see whether the site acts as a good carbon sink. The students were fantastic and all recognised the benefit of seeing how our classroom teaching played out in a natural context. It will only support them as they move towards the final exams and beyond for those looking to study the subject at university level.”