OUR Year 7 King’s Ely Junior pupils started visiting Ely city centre this morning (November 9th) to collect data and capture their impressions of the High Street.

As part of their studies in Geography, the students have been exploring retail change and the way that the High Street has responded to different pressures, such as online shopping and the pandemic closures. They looked at retail diversity and whether Ely is a ‘Clone Town’ (with lots of chain stores) or home to more independent shops.

Alan Parkinson, Head of Geography at King’s Ely Junior, said: “We assessed how busy the High Street was and noticed some recent shop closures and new openings as well. The weather was kind and some students who are new to the area were interested in the range of shops that are available in Ely. The students will make maps – some paper based and some digital to uncover the patterns in the data they have collected.”

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