Last week the Year 10 Geographers benefitted from a field trip to the Sussex coast.

They visited a coastal realignment project – this is where the sea has been allowed to break the coastal defences at Medmerry, allowing a salt marsh to develop behind to absorb rising sea levels and storms in the future.

Essential practical fieldwork skills were practised, with girls measuring the profiles of the beach, the size of the shingle and the direction of longshore drift.

After lunch at West Wittering, they saw how coastal processes had led to the formation of the sand dunes and saltmarsh that make up the coastal feature known as a spit at East Head.