"Geography provides a liberal education that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries in bringing together social and natural sciences - people and their environment. It deals with issues that are central for society and it equips the young to face the future." Professor Andrew Goudie, University of Oxford
We hope that as many Canfordians as possible gain an awareness of place, environmental responsibility and an understanding of cultural diversity. We aim to stimulate an interest in, and a wonder of, the world around us and give Canfordians a desire to explore and to travel confidently.
The study of geography provides a meaningful context for developing transferable skills - literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, thinking skills and enquiry. It should enable Canfordians to make well-informed judgements and help them to understand that here may be more than one way of tackling real-world problems. It is for these reasons that geographers are amongst the most employable graduates.
Kirstin Hoey - Head of DepartmentMA (Cantab), PGCE
Kirstin joined Canford in September 2009 having previously taught in schools in North Devon and Berkshire. She has been Head of Geography since September 2011. Kirstin teaches across the age range 13-18 and has led many fieldtrips to the Alps and within the UK. During her time at Canford, Kirstin has been to Tanzania with the Partnership programme and been involved in the cross country skiing expeditions to Norway and Ten Tors. She has experience of mentoring PGCE students. Kirstin also runs the Army Section in the school CCF and coaches U14 Girls Hockey, U16 Netball and Tennis.
Rick RaumannMA (Cantab), PGCE
Rick has had experience as an examiner for various exam boards at GCSE, AS and A level and is an experienced Independent Schools Inspector. He is a Curriculum Mentor to Southampton PGCE students and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Geographical Sciences, Bristol University, for part of 2009. He is a former Housemaster, and now manages the boys Hockey 1st X1 and is Master in Charge of Real Tennis. He led the first Canford Partnership project to Argentina, has organised several treks to Nepal and expeditions to a variety of locations in Europe and Morocco. He has run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro.
Patrick RossiterMA (Cantab), PGCE
Patrick has been Head of Department and Housemaster of School House, but has now returned to the classroom full-time. He has experience examining at GCSE, and has organised and led many of the Department’s field trips to the Alps. He is an experienced hockey coach, leading the coaching team for the Under 14 Girls, as well as coaching junior boys’ hockey sides. He has been responsible for developing links with hockey clubs in Holland which have led to annual tours for junior teams, and a return visit by Dutch clubs in the summer. He is a tutor in Lancaster House.
Jan SmithBA (UCL), PGCE (Loughborough), MA (Sussex)
After studying Geography and Economics at UCL, Jan gained considerable teaching experience at a variety of schools, as well as an MA in 'School Effectiveness' in the classroom. In addition to teaching Economics, Jan is Housemistress of Beaufort House.
Sascha DeblanderBSc Hons (Southampton), MA (Nottingham), PGCE (Oxford)
Sascha has recently joined the department following several years of living and working in a variety of places oversees. She has a masters in International Relations as well as a degree in Environmental Science and will use her experience as a project manager and communicator both within and outside the classroom, including field trips, hockey coaching and part –time tutoring at Marriott’s house.
Former Housemaster and Head of Department, Jeremy is responsible for Canford's Community Service Programme in the Sixth Form. He is the leader of many expeditions, including several treks to Nepal and to Borneo and Pakistan.