Home    About us    Courses    Applications    Students    Parents    Vacancies    Services    Alumni    News   
geography philosophy German Spanish
Woodhouse College
geography philosophy German Spanish

Geographers brave rain, wind and waves on field trip

Dated: 23 November 2016

Last week, our 103 AS geographers went on a residential field studies trip to Surrey and the East Sussex coast.
Travelling down from North London on two very full coaches (and the college minibus), our students stayed at Juniper Hall, a Field Studies Council centre just outside Dorking in Surrey, at the foot of Box Hill. 
The trip not only completes important field work components, but gives new AS students a chance to get to know their class mates and make new friends. 
Keen geographers outside Juniper Hall
Juniper Hall was built in the 17th century and extended in the 1780s. During World War II it was used by the Canadian military and in 1945 sold to the national trust who lease it to the FSC. Our students bunked on the upper floors for the duration of of their visit (along with other buildings on the site) and the downstairs served as their classrooms, social area and canteen.
The two night trip was bookended by visits to neighbouring Guildford, where students completed the human geography aspect of their field work by comparing and contrasting data gleaned from two differing areas - one affluent and one deprived. This involved surveying the areas in small groups and talking to local people about aspects of their environment.
James Bartlett, one of our new AS students from North Bridge House Senior School said "The trip not only taught be about fieldwork skills and collecting data but it also helped me bond with my class and get to know them better." 
Students getting a close up look at how the power of waves can erode beaches 
On day two the whole group visited the East Sussex coast to study coastal systems and landscapes. The first stop was Seaford to observe the coastal landform and assess coastal management strategies. We arrived in a shower of rain and a heavy offshore wind which came as a surprise to many students who wished they had wrapped up a little warmer...
This umbrella lasted all of three minutes.. 
Part of the field work for coasts involves 'examination of sustainable flood risk and erosion management including shoreline management and integrated coastal zone management' and students saw this management first hand as the Seaford beach was zoned off for a fleet of tractors to redistribute the shingle and stones.
 Passing the Lighthouse wall on the way to Newhaven
After a lunch break in Seaford town, the group headed off to Newhaven to do fieldwork investigation to examine the coastline as a natural system. Despite a break in the rain, students were still soaked by wave spray from the offshore wind, which was battering the lighthouse there.
Student Elif Ozogu, previously of Park View School, said "Socialising with new people was the best part, but it was SO SO SO COLD! It was a good opportunity to get to develop resilience and you get to learn to be more independent than you normally would"  
Newhaven lighthouse 
Students visited Newhaven beach to examine the impact of coastal systems and processes (with particular reference to beach size and shape). Taking measurements in the windy conditions was not easy...
Over 100 students descend on the beach like a medieval army
Nnenna Egele, who came to Woodhouse from Bishop Stopford's School said "I loved the geography trip - except for the wind and rain! I made loads of new friends."
Jasmine Elliott, formerly of Fortismere School said "I really enjoyed visiting so many different sites on the trip that I've never been to before, and I liked the independence of navigating around each area in small groups, where we all bonded." 
After a busy day of coastal data acquisition, students were happy to fall asleep on the coaches back to Juniper Hall where they enjoyed tea and cake - before more classes in the evening!
All in all, a packed three days and two nights of classes, field trips and fusball in the social area, but well worth the visit - both geographically and socially.

Oxbridge-curious students visit Newnham College, Cambridge
In mid-March, eleven Woodhouse students (and Dr Dell) visited Newnham College, Cambridge to learn about applying for STEM subjects...
27 March 2017
Woodhouse in Berlin
During half term our German Language students flew to Berlin...
13 March 2017
BME student conference 2017
On 24th of February a group of Woodhouse students took a trip Trinity College at Cambridge University to the BME student conference 2017.
9 March 2017
Woodhouse in Paris
Our French language students spent four days in Paris soaking up the sights, sounds... and rain
7 March 2017
Woodhouse Career Ready visit IPG Mediabrands
On Wednesday 8th February, our Career Ready students took a trip to IPG Mediabrands to learn about branding themselves...
13 February 2017
Woodhouse visit synagogue on Holocaust Memorial Day
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, 40 Woodhouse students took part in an event at Finchley Reform Synagogue and met survivor Janine Webber
7 February 2017
Woodhouse Art students get flockOmania
On Wednesday 18th January, our art students visited London Metropolitan University to take part in art workshops, learning techniques such as water casting, plastic manipulation a...
24 January 2017
Lucky 13 celebrate Oxbridge offers
After a record number of Oxbridge interviews for Woodhouse College, 13 students secured offers this week to Oxford and Cambridge
18 January 2017
Woodhouse Drama student Daisy gets Cold Feet...
A* drama student Daisy Edgar-Jones' TV career continues to soar as she appears in BBC's Silent Witness this week. She spoke to us recently about her acting life...
9 January 2017