From Jurassic times to modern times for Harrow Way Geography students

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast provided the perfect backdrop for Harrow Way Community School’s Year 11 GCSE Geography students recently. The field trip to the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door focused on tourism, changes to the area and social impact.

Geography GCSE includes a controlled assessment which can contribute up to 25% towards the final exam mark. During their trip to Dorset the students collected data, conducted questionnaires with both local residents and visitors, undertook environment surveys, tax disc surveys, field sketches and made land use maps.

Rebecca Calder, Harrow Way Curriculum Leader – Geography said: “Geography is a fascinating subject and so much more far reaching than people first realise. The subject explores both social environments such as culture and economies with the physical environment such as landscape and resource. These two aspects of Geography were ideally illustrated in Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door which are both significant geographical landmarks whilst also playing an important tourism and economic role. It was the perfect venue for our students to conduct their analysis.”

Geography is a particular strength at Harrow Way. Only last month the school was awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) from the Geographical Association and in their GCSE’s this summer 75% of students achieved A* to C passes for Geography.

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