Exploring the Metropolitan line

For the past two Fridays, the Year 13 Geography students have taken to London in order to carry out practical investigations. Starting at Baker Street station, we used the Metropolitan Line as a transect to work our way back to Amersham, whilst looking into factors such as environmental quality or house prices.

Through the collection of noise and litter levels, along with traffic surveys and analysis, we were able to paint an accurate picture of our surveyed locations’ environmental quality. Other groups considered quality of life, examining data from secondary school Ofsted reports into education quality. We also looked at differences in the ethnicity of populations along the transect - ultimately covering a wide range of what constitutes both environmental and social quality.

Driven by geographical models - such as that of Burgess, who suggested that a ‘model’ form of a city would explain trends in resultant issues - we sought correlations and anomalies in what our data suggested, and aimed to understand why certain traits emerged as we travelled across London.

Checking in at Amersham station

Whilst collecting valuable data, we also learned lots about the practicalities of carrying out investigations. Snowy weather and near-zero temperatures emphasised the importance of our risk assessments (to our collective delight), but did not manage to impede our ability to collect the data required - if anything, they provided some extremely valuable Instagram opportunities for the budding photographers amongst us!

In summary, our escapades in London were an enjoyable method of collecting data first-hand and not to mention extremely useful in consolidating our understanding of practical skills, vital to our final exam in the summer.