Coastal study

The Y11 educational visit to Skegness and Gibraltar Point was a huge success. The students were amazing and collected some valuable, and useful, information.


We went on the 19th & 20th September and stayed at The Wash Study Centre at Gibraltar Point. Upon arrival we dropped off our gear then headed straight to Skegness to conduct our research which included working in groups to do questionnaires, bi-polar surveys of the sea defences (assessing different defences using a rating system, such as cost, life span, visual appearance etc.), a beach profile and wave frequency counts.

    We did plan to have lunch on the beach but unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side and so we had lunch in a shelter on the beach. Fortunately as we had been so productive we didn't have to finish too many more questionnaires in the rain and so we arranged for the coach to collect us early and take us back to the centre so that we could start to collate our results.

    We had a hearty tea of roast chicken, roast potatoes and veg with apple crumble for desert, just what we needed to bolster us before continuing with our work.

The following morning after a wonderful breakfast - this time a full English and all you could eat cereals and toast - we set out for a walk to Greenshanks which is an area of Gibraltar Point suffering from the impacts of the coastal protection that is taking place in Skegness. The weather was much better and much warmer and the students were able to take some excellent photographs and make drawings of the changes that have been occurring.

    We then returned to the centre packed our bags, picked up our packed lunch and headed back home.

    It was a brilliant couple of days and the students’ behaviour was exemplary.