Plas Dol-y-moch Trip


The geography department took away 40 A-Level and GCSE students to Plas Dol-y-moch, a small outdoor education centre located in the middle of Snowdonia National Park.  The primary aim of this trip was to improve students’ knowledge, skills and subject understanding by providing them with an unparalleled opportunity to study the real world outside the concrete confines of the Sidney Stringer Academy. 


Pupils were immersed into one of the UKs most pristine environments to reinforce classroom based learning and boost their future exam performance.  The GCSE students spent 2 days exploring and investigating rivers and coasts; whilst the AS and A2 students collected primary data for their coursework element of the course – which entailed examining sand dune succession amongst the Harlech Sand dunes, the effectiveness of coastal defences around Criccieth and the impact of tourism in Cwm Idwal. 


Fortunately for the GCSE and A2 group they had a little spare time at the end of the course to fit in some outdoor pursuits – cannoning down the river Glaslyn and Mountain Biking in the hills around the centre.  The AS however, deserve a gold medal for being as keen as mustard and collecting more data for their coursework.   One student concluded the course perfectly, by stating ‘I like geography best, because the mountains and rivers know the secret… they pay no attention to boundaries and keep on going’.  Clearly this trip has opened a few eyes and will allow pupils to push themselves further and harder than they ever have done before. 


Mr Ellis


Head of Geography