Students Study the Landscape

Albany Academy Year 11 students took part in a two day Geography Field trip to Hothersall Lodge on the 26th and 27th of September, with a second group attending on the 4th and 5th October. The purpose of the visit was for the students to collect data ahead of their GCSE controlled assessment. The students studied the River Wyre from its source downstream as far as St Michael’s. They noted the changes to the channel as a river moves downstream, including its width, depth, and velocity.

In total sixty-seven GCSE Geography students attended and were able to collect a large amount of data. The students who visited in September were faced with changeable weather which did not dampen there enthusiasm. The October trip were more fortunate as they were aided by fantastic weather. The students were very enthusiastic about collecting the data and worked really well in their groups. They also learned social skills, as they had jobs to do whilst staying on the residential trip such as preparing supper for the group or setting tables for breakfast.


The visit is a key part of their GCSE course. The students will now be required to spend some time during their lessons writing up their findings. These will include producing and analysing graphs based on the data they collected. This work will contribute to 25% of their GCSE Geography grade.

Julie Brady, who organised the September field trip said, “Students worked really well to collect the data on the River Wyre for our controlled assessment. We are now analysing all the data in class.  It is great to see what we learn in class being applied in the real world and the forest of Bowland is such a beautiful place to visit, even in awful weather.’’