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Mr D Watkins

Head of Geography

As the Head of Geography and Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager at St Joseph’s, I am fortunate to be in a position to inspire pupils about the world around them both inside and outside of the classroom. Having grown up in North London, I moved to the South West to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and a Master of Science Degree in Global Environmental Change before qualifying as a teacher through the University of Exeter. I started my teaching career in the state system in Plymouth in 2005, then moved to an independent boarding school for 8 years before joining St Joseph’s in 2016.

I am a UK Mountain leader and have led expeditions all over the world to countries such as Nepal, Zambia and Morocco. You see so much personal development when taking young people into challenging environments and outside of their comfort zones. Furthermore, it is here where geography becomes alive. Whether it is exploring the River Pang locally, navigating through the glaciated landscapes of the Lake District or taking in the awe and wonder of the land of fire and ice in Iceland, I am happiest out in the field. In 2014 I was awarded fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of my contribution to the subject.

I am also passionate about education, I hold a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham, regularly consult on educational texts and was awarded a Founding Fellowship to the Chartered College of Teaching in 2018. Last year, I became a Governor at my local village primary school where I hold responsibility for the curriculum and well-being.

I thrive off adventure. My exploits include reaching the summit of a 6189m Himalayan Peak, an unsupported winter summit of Mount Toubkal, Morocco, completing a 100km race in under 24 hours and rowing a marathon for charity on a rowing machine. I enjoy strength training and take a group of pupils to CrossFit Reading during games every week. I enjoy some downtime too, especially when spent with my wife and our two daughters.