Year 7 visit stunning locations in Dorset

Year 7 spent a fascinating few days in fabulous weather at Chesil Beach, exploring the coastline, geographically and historically.

Their stay began with a fieldwork expedition on the beach where they took measurements and recorded data that will form the basis of their CE Geography coursework. The trek back to base took them past the Olympic Marina facility, thence to visit a fully hands-on, interactive D-Day museum on the quayside which had been a major staging post for the American troops who took part in the D-Day landings at Utah Beach.

The next day dawned with the prospect of adventure activities. The pupils walked along the coastal path to the cliff-top location for their abseiling activities, which was perched high above the inviting waters of the sea. Character and courage was displayed in abundance as they abseiled down the first rock faces of the day. The group leaders led the girls and boys down through boulder fields to sites with plenty of routes for weaselling, bouldering and climbing.

The final day held out the prospect of ‘coasteering’ - moving along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming so somewhere between rock-pooling and open sea swimming! After donning wetsuits and helmets, they scrambled over and between rocks. They found edible seaweeds and clambered onto tidal platforms, as they followed the dramatic limestone coastline from the Portland Bill lighthouse northwards. As the tide steadily rose, caves and archways led to ledges that provided safe jump off points for dramatic plunges into the cool waters below.

After a busy and challenging week working hard physically and mentally, the pupils returned home, happy and tired.