Over the October half term 21 Sixth Form Geographers travelled to Morocco in the first of what is hoped will be a biannual major overseas tour for Sixth Form pupils. The group arrived in Marrakech before spending the first two days travelling along the windy roads that pass through the stunning High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Their final destination was Mhamid from where they set out on a three day trek in to the Sahara Desert. Supported by a group of camels and a highly dedicated team of Moroccans they walked during the day, taking shade under tamarisk trees found there. At night they set up camp and slept in tents beneath the stars. The trek took them over dunes up to 40ft in height and across open desert plains. Day three proved highly eventful as they were exposed to 40 degree heat and a powerful sandstorm that reduced visibility to 10 feet before being finally drenched in a desert thunderstorm. On their return they visited the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou before returning to Marrakech to explore the colourful and vibrant souks.
‘We returned to England with a sense of triumph having shared some amazing moments….the experience was irreplaceable and unforgettable’
(Lower Sixth Geographer)
The Geography department returned from Morocco to lead what has become a highly successful annual trip to The Yorkshire Dales with their Lower Sixth cohort. Aiming to help prepare the pupils for the Unit 2: Geographical Skills module, this residential field trip allows the whole year to experience field work amongst some of Britain’s most stunning scenery. The pupils were exceptional and highly engaged as they gathered the necessary data from The Kingsdale Beck that they will go on to use in their project. On the Tuesday they were lucky enough to be able to visit the incredible sight that is Malham Cove with its impressive limestone pavement featuring clints and grykes. Many of our pupils had been lucky enough to experience the full ‘Marrakech to Malham’ experience over the half term period and whilst the weather may not have been quite as warm, the Yorkshire scenery was equally stunning in the morning sunlight.