You may not be aware that our school has one of the largest A Level Geology Departments in the Independent sector. Each year we run our own bespoke visit to investigate a part of the UK with great rocks, fossils and minerals. This year we were based in Holyhead (Anglesey, North Wales) in the Boathouse Hotel. Wow- the food was fabulous!- and our students were much appreciated by the hotelier…”I am so glad that you all enjoyed your stay with us and may I add, what a lovely group of students, so polite and well behaved, it was a pleasure having you all stay.”

The weather was rather mixed and, whilst we were able to tour the Bangor University marine research vessel, our other “bonus visit” to the zip wires of the slate quarry was not possible this time. That said, our main focus was on the rocks(!) and North Wales has them in abundance.

On one particularly rainy day we paid a visit to one man’s lifetime project called “Stone Science”. In a giant themed warehouse, he has amassed a themed collection of amazing fossils and minerals. He opened up especially for us and gave us a “mad professor” guide to his collection- and I thought I was eccentric! (Mr M Tanner)