Around 160 Teign School year 8 students visited Cockington over two days this September, as part of their Geography course. They travelled by coach from Kingsteignton to the chocolate box village to evaluate tourism and land management. The 12 and 13 year old children had to survey what was on offer to tourists at the location and score various key sites there including Cockington Court. A pedestrian count and completion of questionnaires were important field work skills learnt on the trip.
Teacher of Geography, Sarah Andrews said:
“I was really impressed with the way Year 8 undertook the challenges of the day. They engaged well with members of the public and represented their school in an exemplary manner. It reinforced the value of field work for our students, preparing them for GCSE.”
Being week days out of the main tourist season the students found most of the visitors were in the older age brackets and had travelled there by car. The visitors were impressed by the shops and walks in the area. The students positively noted the sensitivity of the land management. The main negative aspect was an apparent lack of parking for such a popular location. The trip was very successful in terms of student enjoyment and the fact that many members of the public commented on the children’s smart uniform and politeness whilst at Cockington.