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Staff Profile: Daniel Grocott

Daniel Grocott

Head of Geography

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.  

Daniel returned to the UK in 2005 to work on the new Crossrail transport project in London as part of the team lobbying the project in House of Commons and Lords Select Committee. Following this time outside of teaching, Daniel then decided to apply his skills and experiences of industry and teaching to become a Geography teacher. He trained for a PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London followed by two years teaching in London. He decided to make the move to work at BISS Puxi for a new opportunity and a chance to see at first hand the change he teaches in his classes. This is Daniel’s fifth year to work at BISS Puxi where he has built up a good rapport with students, staff and parents. He is proud of the success of his students in his exam classes over the last four years since working at BISS Puxi.

Michael Palin once said, “when the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life”, for which I totally understand myself. Travelling to new places to explore cultures and landscapes inspires me to make sense of the world. I enjoy conveying this passion of mine to teach the young great minds of the future, particularly the importance of living more sustainable lifestyles.

What the students say about me...

"Mr. Grocott is a very dependable teacher and you always know what you are up for when you come in to his class". Esmay Drieduite Y12

"Mr. Grocott is a very friendly and patient teacher who makes the topics of ESS very interesting and his explanations of topics is very  clear and easy to understand". Diana Shi Y12

"Mr. Grocott is a nice teacher and has helped me a lot.  He knows how to make boring classes in to interesting classes". Ruben Fernandez Y12

"Mr. Grocott’s teaching has been one of the main factors that has influenced me to choose to study Geography at University as his lessons are always informative and enjoyable which has opened the world to my eyes." Alessa Voigt Y13

"I found guidance, rapport, discipline and interest in your lesson". Kevin Zhu Y13

"He is very patient and always supportive which encourages students to their best. His classes are very interactive and can make dull topics interesting". Natalie Wong Y13

"Mr Grocott’s Geography class is very interesting and made me want to learn more about the world, both human and physical.  He is the best Geography teacher ever!!! " Victoria Sze, Y11

"Mr Grocott is very interesting, he speaks fluent Japanese, gives good examples and he is always positive and smiling. He gives me positive and useful feedback in my homework". Yang Y11


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