Geography News

GCSE Fieldwork Trip to Swanage

The Year 11 Geographers visited Swanage in Dorset for the traditional GCSE
fieldwork experience. They started by investigating the sea defences and also collected data from the beaches.

The evening saw a map reading and navigation exercise involving the students being dropped in the countryside and returning to the centre; this proved a rather extended experience due to some variable map reading and encounters with cows!

The Saturday saw a visit to the beautiful sites of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door before our return in the evening. It was a successful trip with a lot learnt and great luck with the weather. I would like to thank Mr Cox and Ms Pietrzyk for accompanying me and the girls.

Mr D Rock


On Friday 16th September around twenty of the GCSE Geographers set off for a weekend of investigations in Swanage, Dorset. We left St Catherine's in stormy conditions, with rain hammering down and reports of flooded streets. Fortunately, the closer we got to Swanage the nicer the weather became and the girls spent the afternoon investigating the coastal processes and defences in perfect sunshine. That night brought the navigation exercise which caused some trepidation but all groups were back safe and sound by 9:00pm.

The Saturday again brought superb weather as we visited the beautiful site of Durdle Door and investigated the impact and management of tourism in the nearby village of Lulworth Cove. This was also the site of the purchase and consumption of vast quantities of fudge and ice cream! Overall, it was a successful trip and all the girls learned valuable skills that will assist them in their future A-Level Geography course. I would like to thank Mrs Saddler and Miss MacDonald for helping me out on the trip.                        

Mr D Rock, Head of Geography

Secondary Geography Quality Mark

St Catherine’s School has achieved the ‘Secondary Geography Quality Mark’. This is awarded by the Geographical Association to schools that are recognised as actively raising the standards of teaching and learning in Geography. Only 2% of schools in the country have received this award, and it reflects the hard work of both students and geography teachers. All award winners undertake a rigorous moderation process and the assessors were very impressed by the creative strategies used by the Geography Department at St Catherine’s to monitor and track individual students’ progress. They also noted the high level of enthusiasm for Geography at the school.