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Geography Visit to Liverpool

Last week saw students from year 9 and 10 take part in a very successful and enjoyable visit to the city of Liverpool. This visit was part of our ongoing year of geographical leadership and was truly a highlight of events so far. After travelling to Liverpool by train from London, we spent the first day in the Royal Albert Dock area of the city. We visited the Maritime and the Slavery Museums, and toured the city on a (very wet) open top bus!

On Friday, we spent the day at Liverpool Hope University, as their guests. Our students were given a tour of the campus and then spent time with the geography PGCE students, who are training to be teachers. The group explored opportunities for learning about digital mapping and GIS in the classroom. The students from Oaks Park led proceedings by giving presentations to everyone. The presentations were great and the students were a real credit to themselves and our school, and I was very proud of them. We finished the day with a visit to the Strawberry Field Visitor Centre, an area made famous by the Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields’. The students collected GIS survey data in the area.

Whilst at the Hope University, Ms Purton was able to spend time with senior leaders responsible for leading teacher training at Liverpool Hope. They discussed recent developments in teacher training and mentoring - sharing ideas and good practice. This will really help Oaks Park in supporting all teachers that train here, with us.