March was the start of our residential fieldwork season, with our first 3 school groups arriving and staying in 3 different local accommodation providers.
We had to postponed the visit of AS students from The Oasis Academy in Croydon due to the wintery weather, but a week later then scheduled students completed 2 separate days of fieldwork in preparation for the forthcoming AS exams, with an overnight stay at the Stables B&B on the nearby Henham Estate
Day one focused on Southwold's coastal management in response to the threat of erosion whilst on day two we headed North to Norwich to investigate the success of the regeneration of City's Riverside area.
The following week we welcomed Year 12 students from The John Warner School from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire who stayed overnight at the Darsham Country Centre. Students completed 2 days provisional human and coastal fieldwork in Southwold, with the focus on trialing new techniques and gaining a 'sense of place' for the town. Students will return in May to complete two further days of fieldwork, by which time individual enquiries and bespoke data collection booklets will have been created by each student.
Finally, just before the Easter break, another group of NEA students from Isaac Newton Academy in East London completed a 3-day residential course staying at the YHA Blaxhall. Students arrived having received preparatory materials on Southwold's major geographical issues and had already a general idea of the focus of their individual enquiries. The field course provided students with two days of data collection opportunities and several classroom sessions focusing on data presentation, literature reviews, sampling, GIS, stats and how to write an NEA.
We've been delighted with the feedback we've received this last month from all the schools we have worked with and look forward to a busy and exciting summer term!