Year Eight

Pre and Post Common Entrance Activities

Geography CE Trip to Flatford Mill, Suffolk

At the beginning of the school year, the Year 8 students head off for their annual Common Entrance Geography Field trip to Flatford Mill, in Suffolk. This 3 day trip in September is a highlight of the school year as the Year 8 students prepare for Common Entrance Geography.

They stay in Willy Lott’s Cottage, a building made famous by John Constable, who painted it in The Hay Wain.

The trip involves spending a day in Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, where they complete a land-use survey; monitor environmental quality; take noise metre readings, and question tourists and residents in the town. The students then write this up in their projects back at Flatford and in more depth back at school. These projects are worth 20% of the Geography Common Entrance grade.

The trip is not all hard work though, with time for playing football, night walks in the woods and lunch and ice-cream on the beach.

End of Year PGL Adventure Camp

Traditionally after the Year 8 students have finished their Common Entrance examinations, they go away on a school trip to celebrate the end of all their hard work. It is a wonderful culmination of the year and a chance to spend quality time with their classmates.

The PGL camps are well established and a wonderful chance for the students to have fun and try new challenges. During the week, the students participate in a large number of fun activities such as canoeing, sailing, abseiling and rock climbing, challenge courses, sports and team games, raft building, archery, high ropes course and many others.