Year 11 students from Harrow Way enjoyed the perfect backdrop for a recent Geography trip to Dorset. The beautiful Jurassic Coast, home to the famous coastal formations, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove was the ideal location for students to collect data and investigate the environmental impacts of tourism.
From the magnificent arch of Durdle Door students enjoyed a walk along part of the South West Coastal Path (recent recipient of ‘the most beautiful walk in the UK award’) to Lulworth Cove, which attracts 500,000 visitors a year. In West Lulworth village they investigated the environmental impacts of tourism – mapping the land use, conducting questionnaires with other visitors and tourists and visiting the Heritage Centre to collect secondary data.
Teacher, Kelly Campbell said: “Geography is a far reaching subject which 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 while 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. Last year 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.
For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.