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Geography & History Teachers

  • Daniel Grocott

    Daniel Grocott

    Head of Geography

    Daniel Grocott

    Daniel studied Geography and Geology at the University of Aberdeen. Since graduating he then worked as an English language teacher in rural Japan for three years which also gave him a good opportunity to learn a new language and travel in a fascinating country.  

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  • Matthew Hill

    Geography Teacher

    Matthew Hill

    Matthew attended Brighton University where he gained a first class Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Secondary Geography. He worked in the UK for two years at an outstanding school in Northamptonshire where he was involved with a variety of ECAs including hockey coaching, Duke of Edinburgh Award and charity fundraising events. The move to BISS Puxi was an easy decision for a passionate geographer and educator, “I’m living in a case study! The rate of urban change in Shanghai is phenomenal, everywhere you look there is exciting human Geography happening right before your eyes. Industry, population, globalisation, Shanghai is a stunning example of it all. The sheer scale of China makes its physical landscapes incredibly diverse; there are examples of almost every environment and landform you could want to see. I can’t wait to explore the country, learn more about it and incorporate those experiences into my teaching”.    

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  • Emma James

    Emma Louise James

    Secondary Teacher of Geography, History and EAL

    Emma Louise James

    Having completed a Geography BSc degree at the University of Wolverhampton, England, Emma then worked in industry for two years. Following this, she went on to complete her PGCE at the University of Birmingham. Since graduating she has worked as a geography teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Lead Practitioner and Literacy Manager in a suburban school in the West Midlands where she remained until her family moved to Shanghai in 2015. During those 15 years, she has worked with newly qualified teachers and other schools around the country to improve the quality of teaching and learning, alongside sharing good practice.

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  • Nadine Le Cornu

    Nadine Le Cornu

    Geography Teacher

    Nadine Le Cornu

    Nadine Le Cornu is from Rugby, England. She completed her undergraduate in Human and Physical Geography at the University of Reading and then her PGCE at the University of Southampton. She stayed in Southampton and worked for three years at an outstanding school where she helped develop a department, ran a course and was involved in a variety of ECAs including tennis, trampolining, cookery and the Duke of Edinburgh Award (also known as the International Award).

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  • Edward Beechey

    Edward Beechey

    Head of History

    Edward Beechey

    Ed graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 with a Masters degree in Modern History. After flirting with the possibility of a career in politics, he spent a year making his way across Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal and India by train, before embarking upon a teaching career in a school in ‘challenging circumstances’ in East London. Through the Teach First programme, Ed completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University whilst teaching History and Government and Politics. His three years in London gave Ed a strong grounding in teaching EAL students, an appreciation of internationalism in education and the belief that all students - regardless of circumstance - have the ability to enjoy and excel in the study of History. 

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  • Rebecca Ann Kernaghan

    Rebecca Kernaghan

    History Teacher

    Rebecca Kernaghan

    Having studied History at King’s College London, Rebecca went on to complete my teacher training at the London Institute of Education. She then worked in several of the top state schools in London, including Latymer Grammar School, Fortismere and the London Oratory School. 

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