Our youngest Seniors spent a sunny day in Dover finding out more about the English coast.

Shell classmates followed the coastal path on a round trip from the seafront to St. Margaret’s Bay, taking in the sights over the cliffs.

As well as enjoy stunning views over the English channel, the 11-12 year-olds spent time together in a relaxed natural environment, along with their form tutors and the school’s Head of Seniors, Mr Jack Tyler.

Leading the trip was Director of Studies, Dr Stephanie Burke, who takes the cohort for weekly SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural studies) workshops.

The students saw first-hand the uses of the coast including the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest ferry port, Dover Strait, the world’s most industrious shipping lane and features such as erosion and coastal defence.

During the six mile cliff-top trail, the Gad’s Hill contingent passed Exmoor ponies used to manage grassland and conservation work and South Foreland Lighthouse before enjoying lunch on the shingle beach.

The fact-finding day was especially timely as the students are studying coasts in Geography lessons and was made even better by the beautiful weather, and ice-creams all round!

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