As part of the GCSE and A Level Geography course, students visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London to consolidate their understanding of urban regeneration. Whilst there, they collected data in the form of environmental quality surveys, pedestrian counts and questionnaires.

Students really enjoyed participating in the questionnaires, finding out about the opportunities created from urban regeneration, and the attractions it offers to both tourists and locals alike. At the park, they were able to see a number of the main Olympic venues including the Olympic stadium, the Aqua and the Velodrome.

They also visited the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which is the UK’s tallest sculpture. From the viewing platform our students were able to see a panoramic view of London, from West London to East, and an amazing view of the Olympic Park itself. Some students also opted to ‘Ride the Slide’, whizzing down the world’s longest tunnel slide.

After lunch, they visited Canary Wharf, another area of London studied as part of the students’ urban regeneration case study. The towering skyscrapers are quite a sight, and demonstrated perfectly to students how the landscape of urban areas can change dramatically.

To round off the day, students returned to Waterloo by boat with more spectacular views along the way. A very enjoyable and productive day had by all; thank you to all the Geography students for such exemplary behaviour and for the interest and enthusiasm shown throughout the day.

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