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Year 5 & 6 Kingswood pictures

Last Wednesday,  pupils in Years 5-6 set off to spend three very adventurous and thoroughly enjoyable days at the Kingswood Activity Centre, Overstrand.

A huge thank you to Mr Peace, Miss Hopwood and Miss Baxter for looking after the children and well done Years 5-6 for your many achievements!

You can see the full gallery of photographs and summary of the children’s adventures by clicking here.


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Years 5 and 6 Kingswood trip: they’re back!

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Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are back after an exciting (and tiring!) couple of days at Overstrand Hall, the Kingwood outdoor education and adventure centre in Cromer.

There will be more pictures on the blog over the coming days, but meanwhile, here are two short video clips from their first day.  Miss Hopwood says, “The children had a great time playing games, participating in ‘Nightline’ with blindfolds and, later, dancing around a camp fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows!” 


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Years 5 & 6 have arrived at Kingswood!

Picture 1Our Year 5 and 6 pupils headed off at lunchtime for a couple of days at Overstrand Hall, the Kingwood outdoor education and adventure centre in Cromer. We have heard from Mr Peace that they have arrived safely and are all very happily settling in – watch this space for photos! They could not have picked a more glorious day for the start of their adventures and we’re sure they will enjoy all the wonderful facilities and activities on offer. 


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Year 10 and 12 at Kingswood

Defying a horrendous weather forecast, bright sunshine greeted the Year 10 and Year 12 geographers as we set off a long weekend at Kingswood in North Norfolk last Friday morning.

We were welcomed at the Lutyens-designed house by Kingswood staff including our tutor for the weekend. After acclimatising ourselves to the accommodation and enjoying Chip Friday,  we headed off to Cromer and Holt to investigate why the former has declining population numbers whilst the latter is  growing. We carried out various data collection techniques to discover environmental and social inequality as well as looking at new projects which aim to improve an area. This information allowed us to be able to compare settlements experiencing different issues.

Our destinations on the second day were Salthouse, Weybourne, Sheringham and West Runton beaches. Although cold, the sky remained blue and there was no rain! The girls worked hard collecting data to investigate the sediment changes along the beach, the impact of sea defences on erosion and mass movement at the various locations.
Our final day on Sunday was spent looking at Norwich’s regeneration and rebranding. Visiting Riverside, King Street and the city centre,  we were able to see at first hand the impact of various projects as well as collecting data in these areas.

The girls worked very hard throughout the weekend and during both day and evening.  They are to be congratulated on their excellent  work ethic and good humour, even late in the evening. The GCSE group will be using the information gathered to produce notes for their skills exam, whilst the A Level group will write a 3-4000 report for a component of their examination.

Mrs Grove

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Amy’s fossil find

Years 10 and 12 geography groups had an interesting and educational visit to Kingswood in North Norfolk at the weekend – a full report is coming soon! In the meantime, look at this amazing fossil found by Amy H on Salthouse beach during the trip.  It is an excellent example of a micraster  – a heart-shaped sea urchin – which lived 125-65 million years ago.

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Year 12 at Kingswood

Last Friday our Year 12 geography group headed off to Kingswood at Overstrand for a three-day field trip. Ably assisted by Mrs Grove and Kingswood’s resident tutors, the girls undertook a wide variety of practical geography tasks relating to both coastal and river environments. These included exploring coastal defences and erosion, collecting data and doing lab work at the Kingswood Centre itself, where they were able to use the Aegis program to overlap their data onto maps – a great resource.

Highlights included the lovely meals provided by Kingswood, and Mrs Grove being presented with a snorkel by those who recalled her falling into the river last year, a feat she did not repeat  (although Karen bravely got wet up to her armpits in order to collect stones for investigation!). We also had lunch in the lovely cafe at Bayfield Hall.

A great big thank you to all the staff at Kingswood Centre for their friendly welcome, great hospitality and excellent tutoring (thanks Matt and Ting).

Mrs Grove



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Seven (and one teacher) go wild at Kingswood

On Friday 7th February, with a terrible weekend weather forecast looming over our heads, seven Sixth Form students and Mrs Grove set off to the wilds of North Norfolk.

After arriving at the Kingswood centre and having our evening meal we went to the lab to learn how to collect river data. Once we all felt suitably prepared we decided to get an early night’s sleep so that we would be ready for whatever the next day might throw at us.

On Saturday morning we headed off to the River Glaven in the sunshine; that weather forecast was obviously wrong! The first site, which was the start of an ever-deepening river,  surprised everyone. Normally the river levels barely come half way up a pair of Wellington boots, but the river was really swollen from all the rain. Thank goodness for waders!  Within a few minutes Katie discovered her waders leaked, but undaunted she valiantly carried on collecting data. When she came out of the river we poured at least a litre of water out of the boots and had to wring her socks out.

Apart from water in the boots, some of us became stuck in mud – providing others with a good photo opportunity. After a tiring day out we returned to the study centre where we used modern geographical information systems to plot our data on maps.

On Sunday the sky was grey and the wind was very cold, a real change from the day before. Luckily we were collecting data in the city.

Well done girls on working so hard and thanks to the tutors at Overstrand for leading the trips so successfully.

See more photos from the trip.

Mrs Grove


Years 5 and 6 enjoy a Kingswood adventure

On Wednesday 20th of March, Years 5 and 6 hopped on the bus to drive to an activity centre in Overstrand named ‘Kingswood’.

We did some amazing activities including: night line, quad biking, laser, jungle vines, rock climbing, archery, problem and mystery solving, fencing, Frisbee golf and a camp fire, where we learnt lots of new songs! All these activities were led by some friendly, funny guides.

The first night we didn’t get as much sleep as we hoped but the second night we all slept like babies, snoring away!!!

Thank you so much to Mrs Thorman, Mrs Ray, Abbie our guide and all the other guides who helped us with the activities and made us feel at home. We were also very sad to say goodbye to Mrs Ray, because she left the day we returned from Kingwood. We wish you the best Mrs Ray!!!

I think the whole experience was to get us to all work together as a team and the guides all did a really good job at that!!

Livie Gaskin
Year 6  

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Year 5 & 6 head to Kingswood

Picture 1Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are heading off for a couple of days at Overstrand Hall, the Kingwood outdoor education and adventure centre in Cromer.

We hope they have a lovely time away and enjoy all the wonderful facilities and activities on offer.