25 Mar

Geography Trip to Ludlow

On Thursday 14th March, Lower Sixth Geographers visited rural South Shropshire to undertake fieldwork as part of their A Level studies. They investigated the rebranding of Ludlow, a small market town, as a centre of national gastronomical importance, studying the links between this and changes to make agriculture more sustainable in the surrounding countryside. Working collaboratively, students assessed the extent to which promoting Ludlow solely as a 'food town' was too narrow a theme for economic and social development. The visit revealed, in fact, significant and unexpected social inequality in a town often perceived as uniformly affluent and idyllic. The quality of data collected through questionnaires, residential surveys and mapping exercises, as well as information gained through qualitative fieldwork methods, should see the students very well prepared for both topic follow up work and the independent investigation component of their A level.