Year 7 students descended on Hunstanton to study its environment and carry out surveys of locals and tourists. They visited a marine sanctuary and even had time left to enjoy fish and chips.
They will now prepare and deliver presentations about the coastal town, putting forward all the reasons why its sea defences, such as groynes, rock armour and the sea wall, are so vital along with community views about the town and its resources. The other half of the year group are scheduled to go on the same trip in July.
Mr Bidwell said: ‘Students conducted questionnaires of locals and tourists and did pedestrian counts. It took some of them out of their comfort zone. They had good fun in the Sea Life Sanctuary and handled live crabs and starfish. The trip enabled them to gauge different people’s points of views and also to have an understanding of the coast and what it offers.’
Mr Houghton said: ‘The main thing is the value of coastal towns, not just for the locals and tourism, but also for the wildlife. This gave our students a chance to understand that these places are at risk and they do need management. If you save one area it usually has an impact on surrounding ones, so we were looking at that as well. During the course of the day four or five people came up and complimented us on how well behaved the students were.’