The Centre is situated at and managed by Kingsley School, located within the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere, and takes advantage of the countryside, coastline, the school's extensive grounds, excellent facilities, and its academic reputation underlined by its recent A level results.
You will be deeply involved with the Earth Centre’s unique Ecology Zone, participating in the day-to-day operations of managing soils and growing crops using the latest ecological techniques and understanding.
At the Earth Centre everything you do and study is focused on environmental sustainability and climate change. You will be immersed in the challenges of understanding climate change and how to manage land, plant and soil ecology; and grow crops based on ecological principles that also absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere building up reserves of carbon in the soil. You will understand the role and ecological importance and complexity of oceans and freshwater supplies. You can also study the policies and economic instruments needed for environmental sustainability and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Earth Centre will provide three distinct pathways but everyone will spend considerable time at either the Ecology Zone completing practical assignments or completing an EPQ which would address hard questions raised by climate change.
In addition to the Ecology Zone there are numerous opportunities to complete a marine science project based on the North Devon coastal ecology, for example at the National Trust field station on Lundy Island which is just offshore from Bideford.
Joining the Earth Centre is a two year journey. At the end of the journey you will have gained valuable and recognised academic qualifications; completed significant work experience; and have considerable practical and scientific knowledge and skills. You will be at the forefront of knowledge and practice embracing ecology and environmental sustainability. You will have a clear career direction and a high level of “employability”.