STUDENTS learnt first-hand the impact of the volcanic eruption on the city of Pompeii during a geography trip.

On a visit to Italy’s Bay of Naples, pupils from Harrow Way School explored the geographical effects of the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79AD on land and people.

The group spent four days in the area, famous for its coastline, the volcano and the lost city of Pompeii.

Rebecca Calder, geography and humanities curriculum leader, said: “This was an invaluable experience for students to see geographical processes, landforms and how people of the region prepare for natural hazards.

“We are also always very keen at Harrow Way to provide students with opportunities which enable them to try something new, to enjoy foreign travel, appreciate a foreign country’s heritage, sights and culture. I’m very proud that they represented Harrow Way fantastically.”

During the trip, a drive along the UNESCO Amalfi coastline led to a hike through the Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve and along the River Canneto to see its unique ecosystem and prehistoric plants.

On a trip to the Island of Capri, students hiked along the coastline to see the impact of coastal processes on the landscape.

Ms Calder added: “There’s something about the Italian culture which we all really enjoyed and how better to see and learn about this important aspect of geography than on the beautiful Amalfi coastline – I will be expecting top marks in the next coastal landscapes test paper!”