The geography department at SNHS prides itself on offering a variety of opportunities for students to engage in the benefits of fieldwork experiences. This enables students to put classroom learning and theory into practice in the real world.

Information will be posted here at appropriate times regarding specific upcoming fieldwork trips, e.g. key dates, kit lists, itinerary etc.

June 2017:
Launch of information for the Y10 Malham trip (for September 2017) to the current Y9.
Only 30 places are available so ensure you get your permission slip and first payment in to the lower school office as soon as possible to indicate your interest. In the event of the trip being oversubscribed, the department may have to look at evidence of past behaviour in Y9 to determine successful candidates.

A copy of the  main text from the letter is here:

The Geography Dept is pleased to announce this residential trip to one of the most beautiful National Parks in the UK – The Yorkshire Dales. This fieldwork visit will assist the students with their GCSE studies with four of their GCSE topics.
The visit will be taking place from Thursday 14th September 2017 to Saturday 16th September 2017. We will be travelling by Steam Packet to Heysham and onward by minibus. Return travel will be from Liverpool Saturday evening. Accommodation will be in a Youth Hostel in Malham village where we will have sole use of an annex. All meals including cooked breakfasts and evening meals with packed lunches will be included in the price. The cost of the visit will be £170.
There will be 30 places available on the trip and a non-refundable deposit of £70 is required to secure a place. Please return the reservation slip below with the deposit by Friday, 30th June to the Lower School office. Cheques to be made payable to “St. Ninian’s High School”. Please note post-dated cheques will not be accepted.  The outstanding balance of £100 can be paid in full on Friday, 15th July 2017 (or by instalments on 1st July £50 and 15th July £50), if necessary.

Fieldtrip Itinerary/activities
Thursday 14th September (evening)   – Look around the honeypot site of Malham to see what attracts tourists to the area and visit an upland Pennine Farm.
Friday 15th September – Walk and observe limestone scenery in the Malham area and a study of a rural settlement in Ingleton. Team building activities in the evening.
Saturday 16th September –Visit Inglebrough show cave and study zonation in Liverpool and redevelopment of Albert Docks.






Overview of fieldwork opportunities for each year group

Year 7
On-site fieldwork in school grounds- map work and skills practise
Investigating microclimates/weather

Off-site fieldwork-  Investigation into crime prevention in Onchan

Year 8
On-site fieldwork in school grounds – Investigating weathering and rock types

Off-site fieldwork – Tour of the EFW plant

Year 9
On-site fieldwork in school grounds –  Investigative project to develop required iGCSE skills

Year 10
On-site fieldwork in school grounds – Weather instruments and techniques

Off-site fieldwork –  Residential visit to the Yorkshire Dales
River investigation for iGCSE coursework

Year 11
Off site fieldwork –  (potential) Visit to local industry

Year 12
Off-site fieldwork –  Investigative study of Groudle river
Residential to Iceland (Biennial trip open to Y12 and Y13 combined)
                                    Coastal processes and management observations
Microclimate survey
Weathering survey

Year 13
Off-site fieldwork – Residential to Iceland (Biennial trip open to Y12 and Y13 combined) 



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