Flood Management Coastal Study: Geography School Trips to The Netherlands

Our Geography School trips to the Netherlands include an examination of the Dutch reaction to the devastating floods of 1953 which also affected the UK's east coast. The floods caused widespread damage & some loss of life; the Dutch response was imaginative, thorough & effective, utilising both hard & soft engineering techniques to manage the coastal environment. Fieldwork tasks & activities are provided. Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants (former teachers & Heads of Geography) to discuss your requirements.

This school tour is available over 3 or 4 days via Dover or Hull & can be combined with either of our trips to Amsterdam or Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem. There is also the option of combining with another subject such as Science, History or Religious Studies.




Day One:  Outward Journey





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  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Onward travel to Amsterdam
  • Check-in & evening meal
  • Full-board for two nights

Day Two:  Environmental Management on the Dutch Coast

  • Hard engineering:
  • Oosterscheldt Storm Barrier
  • Delta Park, Neeltje Jans
  • Optional: Haringvliet Sluices
  • Soft engineering:
  • Noordwijk aan Zee
  • Tourism & environmental management on the coast
  • Optional: 'flood-proofing' Rotterdam
  • Return to accommodation & evening meal


Beach Replenishment Noordwijk aan Zee



Day Three:  Return Journey

  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Cross-Channel ferry to Dover
  • Disembark & return to school
  • Return time dependent on school's location in the UK


Add an Extra Day....

  • Study sustainability in Amsterdam or
  • Investigate ecosystems at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem
  • See tours for details
  • Combine with History or RS & include visits to the Anne Frank House & Kamp Vught
  • Science: Visit Nemo Centre & Corpus in Amterdam
  • Add a "fun" day at a theme park (see leisure options)
  • This can help you sell your  tour - especially if you have competition with other trips
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Environmental Management





Soft Engineering Boulders


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Dune Stabilisation Noordwijk



Oosterscheldt Storm Barrier: The barrier is 9 kilometres in length & is a key part of the Delta Works. Originally planned as a dam, protests from environmentalists & fishermen led to the addition of sluice gates to protect salt-water marine life.
Neeltje Jans: This is an artificial island built to facilitate construction of the barrier. Subsequently, it became both a tourist attraction & an educational facility explaining the purpose of the Delta Works.
Maeslant Barrier & Rotterdam: The Maeslant Barrier is the final element of the Delta Works. Its two huge gates close automatically when required. It is    one of largest moving structures on Earth. Groups can also choose to look at some of the plans to 'flood-proof' Rotterdam including sunken piazzas & floating housing.
Haringvliet Sluices: The Sluices are 5 kilometres in length & maintain the flow of salt water into the Maas & Rhine rivers to prevent freezing in cold weather & preserve the ecological balance.
Noordwijk aan Zee: Noordwijk is a town on the Dutch coast (pop: 25,000). The main industries in the 19th century were fishing & bulb growing. Fishing has declined but has been replaced by tourism. Soft engineering such as beach replenishment & dune stabilisation counter erosion.
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Curriculum Relevance
National Curriculum KS3
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Interaction between human & physical processes: flooding & flood prevention

Using fieldwork to collect, analyse & draw conclusions from geographical data

Oosterscheldt & Maeslant Storm Barriers & Neeltje Jans: Storm barriers & how they work


Background to the floods of 1953, damage & loss of life, causes & effects of coastal flooding, "hard" engineering, environmental management; 'flood-proofing' a modern city


Noordwijk aan Zee: "Soft" engineering as an alternative approach to flood management, beach nourishment, dune stabilisation, environmental management & the impact of tourism


Haringvliet: Sluices & how they work

Controlling the tides, tidal surges, impact on the fishing industry, brackish ecosystem
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Study Materials Provided

Oosterscheldt Storm Barrier Model


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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE & A Level examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge.  They are produced in an A4 format to keep reproduction costs to a minimum.  They are loose-leaf which gives you the flexibility to use them in different ways.  You can:


  • Use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of both your own & our materials.


The Student & Teacher Packs Include

  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps & diagrams to assist in explanations
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • Practical information on each location visited to assist you with planning your visit


Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts

  • Knowledge & comprehension
  • Key Geographical concepts
  • Map skills & Sense of Place
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence


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Our Guides


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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Kath Murray, BSc, PGCE



Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has led numerous field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our range of UK tours.

Kath has taught in secondary schools in Runcorn for 16 years up to A-Level standard. A former Head of Geography with GCSE examining experience, she has also taught History & Religious Studies.

“Kath is an excellent tour guide, she met our objectives perfectly, she had clearly done her research on our A-Level specification beforehand. Her subject knowledge & enthusiasm was fantastic. She phoned me before the trip to introduce herself & talk through her plans, which was very reassuring.She was a fantastic asset to the trip”

Imberhorne School, West Sussex

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.


Stayokay Hostel, Bergen-op-Zoom


This hostel is set in woodland two miles from the town of Bergen-op-Zoom. It is 30 minutes by coach to the Oosterscheldt Storm Barrier & 50 minutes from the Delta Flood Project at Neeltje Jans. The Haringvliet Sluices are 35 minutes from the hostel. 


Stayokay Bergen op Zoom Bedroom 

Stayokay Bergen op Zoom Dining Room 
Stayokay Bergen op Zoom Terrace  

Accommodation Factfile


  • Capacity for 152 guests on two floors in 32 rooms (access by stairs)
  • Rooms accommodate six to eight people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin rooms for staff
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & terrace area
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • TV room
  • Games room
  • Meeting room
  • Disabled access
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Coach parking
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Longhill High School, Brighton

"I found the pack informative, concise & easy to use.  Kevin, the driver, was punctual, courteous & considerate at all times.  He was keen to accommodate our needs & dealt with students in a professional manner.  Accommodation exceeded our expectations & provided good food & customer service."


St. John Fisher High School, Harrogate

"An overall excellent tour.  The students had a wonderful time." 


Hessle High School, East Yorkshire

"The coach driver, Neil, was brilliant!  He was very informative & was brilliant with the students.  The hotel was a clean base with a great breakfast providing us with everything we needed.  Very satisfied – will use your company again."


Temple School, Strood, Rochester

"We have found all staff at Galina to be extremely polite and helpful.  It is a pleasure dealing with such a professional company.  Excellent!"

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