St Gabriel's High School Fieldwork - Case Study

Keen to create links within education, the water and waste water management company United Utilities approached St Gabriel’s RC High School.  The School has specialist Science College status. The resulting partnership has benefited both the company and the school.

United Utilities work to improve moorland quality on the nland they own in the Watershed Landscape.  They needed data to show if specific treatments they used had benefited the land and if bio-diversity has increased as a result.

For the past four years, students from St Gabriel's have been able to participate in a real life research project whilst learning a variety of study techniques.  They have input from United Utilities as well as other organisations such as the RSPB and even old students returning to mentor younger students. 

The most exciting thing is that this isn't just a dry fieldwork exercise; the student  findings are having a direct impact upon the way moorland is managed in the future. 

Downloadable Resources

Why develop this project?=Helen and Samantha talk about the reasons why St Gabriels High School as a science specialist college developed links with United Utilities and the benefits this relationship has given to the pupils.

Why develop this project?

Helen and Samantha talk about the reasons why St Gabriels High School as a science specialist college developed links with United Utilities and the benefits this relationship has given to the pupils.

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Planning the project=Helen and Samantha talk about project planning, training and mentoring over a four year period and pupil development of standardised techniques for best practise.

Planning the project

Helen and Samantha talk about project planning, training and mentoring over a four year period and pupil development of standardised techniques for best practise.

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Worsthorne Moor student report example

Sample report from St. Gabriel's High School students produced as part of the project.

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Ex-students talk about their experience on the project=Gabrielle and Alex talk about their experiences with the United Utilities project and its importance to their school studies.

Ex-students talk about their experience on the project

Gabrielle and Alex talk about their experiences with the United Utilities project and its importance to their school studies.

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Ex-students talk about the benefits of learning outside the classroom=Gabrielle and Alex talk about how the experience has affected their choice of subjects for the future and helped with college applications.

Ex-students talk about the benefits of learning outside the classroom

Gabrielle and Alex talk about how the experience has affected their choice of subjects for the future and helped with college applications.

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Current students talk about the project=Ryan and Wing talk about their moorland experience data collecting for United Utilities.

Current students talk about the project

Ryan and Wing talk about their moorland experience data collecting for United Utilities.

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