This September the department took 63 year 9 students to Cardingmill Valley in Shropshire to carry out a river study. The study was conducted by the Field Studies Council who have an excellent reputation in field work provision. Students were trained in the key areas of data collection, recording and presentation. The day out combined a fantastic mix of work and play with a walk to see waterfalls, interlocking spurs, and V-shaped valleys as well as some serious stream research. Pupils measured and compared how a river changes on its journey downstream and had to work in teams to achieve their mission. The weather was kind and which made the day even more enjoyable. Many thanks to parents for supporting us and kitting out their loved ones for the fieldwork, and to Mr Nicholas and Mrs Waring for helping out! (Apologies for any wet socks)! This trip will now become a firm fixture on the Geography calendar!