Established in 2017 in the coastal town of Southwold in Suffolk, ‘the GFA’ now deliver courses throughout the Eastern region. In 2019 we established a new branch in Lincolnshire, delivering courses in the iconic seaside destinations of Skegness and Cleethorpes.
What we do
We design and deliver geography fieldwork on your behalf. In advance of your trip we ensure you are provided with sample data collection booklets, risk assessments and a detailed itinerary. We provide full tuition for the duration of your course with as much or little input from you as you would like. We use a team of tutors to ensure larger groups are divided into manageable sizes and most importantly, we plan every single logistical aspect of the fieldtrip from movement between sites, equipment, shelters, toilets and parking.
We hire the facilities which we use and work with local accommodation providers to offer a much more affordable fieldwork experience. As teachers ourselves we pride ourselves on the quality and accessibility of the resources we create and the courses which we deliver.
Many of our field courses are based in the coastal town of Southwold in Suffolk – here we use the spacious facilities within St Edmunds Hall on Cumberland Road. The hall’s theatre space can accommodate up to 100 students and offers fantastic modern presentation equipment allowing us to introduce students to the context of their fieldwork before heading out to the beach or town.
St Edmunds Hall is located next to the famous Adnams brewery, 3-minutes walk from the beach in one direction and 3 minutes to the town centre in the other. The hall is equipped with toilets, seating, tables, wifi and disabled access.
For smaller groups we have exclusive use of a recently renovated classroom space which can accommodate groups of up to 25 students. We use our classroom for all NEA and A-level courses and enjoy the benefit of an attached kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities.
On the rare occasion where we are unable to use the St Edmunds Hall due to other public bookings we use the facilities either of Southwold’s Methodist Hall or Rugby club. Both of which offer excellent access to the town’s main fieldwork sites as well as toilets, presentation equipment and disabled access.
For courses beyond Southwold we use similar venue spaces, including community centres and a town hall. The arrangements of which will be made clear to you depending on the course and location of your booking.
Our GFA Southwold team
Head tutor – Chris Webster
Chris is a former head of Geography at a large high school and sixth form in Suffolk. The Geography department there developed into one of the biggest and most successful in the county with students consistently scoring highly on the ALPS scale.
Chris is a current GCSE and A-level examiner and has kept abreast of the changes to not only the Geography curriculum but also the changing demands of the fieldwork requirements across the key stages. Fieldwork and GIS are his passions!
Chris has overseen the development of all the courses we have created, he has formed relationships with key partners including the Environment Agency, the local YHA and East Suffolk Council and is driven by the ambition to be able to provide high quality fieldwork courses at affordable prices.
We are so excited to now be offering fieldwork in the iconic tourist towns of Skegness and Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire. Both towns offer a wide range geographical potential from a fieldwork perspective and we are delighted by the support we have received so far from both the Environment Agency, Butlins and the local authorities.
Our Skegness base is located in the multi-functional and modern Storehouse building, right on the seafront just to the North of the pier. Here we have access to a range of spaces including small seminar rooms ideal for A-level groups, right up to the largest conference theatre which can accommodate over 100 people. The Storehouse has its own large café, toilets and disabled access.
Our GFA Skegness team
Head tutor – James Timson
James has over 15 years of teaching experience in schools across England and Wales. As a previous head of Geography he has led and designed field trips for students from KS3 up to A-level.
James is a current A-level examiner and has developed close links with the Environment Agency and East Lindsey District Council to design field courses which investigate the challenges and management of both the shoreline and communities along the dynamic Lincolnshire coast.