The underlying principle of the Geography Department is to give the boys a love of the subject that remains with them for life.

Our boys could be the decision makers of the future and Geography is a pivotal subject in moulding their minds for the years to come. In a world where there is such a divide between rich and poor, it is essential that the boys understand, and have empathy for, those who are not as fortunate.

The curriculum studies a wide variety of physical and human geography issues, from the effects of tourism on the Inca Trail to the flooding issues in Tewkesbury. In Year 7, the boys visit North Devon for a week to complete fieldwork on the Westard Ho! Pebble Ridge. Year 5 boys can often be seen orienteering around the school site using QR codes to answer revision questions.

Chris Symonds
Head of Geography
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Head of Department Profile

Chris Symonds
Head of Geography

I graduated from the West London Institute (College of Brunel University) with a BSc in Sports Science and Geography and Environmental Issues, followed by a PGCE in PE, and have worked at Moulsford since 1998, when I started teaching junior Geography and Games.  I was the Director of Sport from 2000 until I took over the boarding house in 2002.  I have been Head of Geography since 2004.

I am passionate about teaching the boys to see how other people live and introducing them to other cultures.  The conservation of both wildlife and environments is vital, and the boys may be in a position, in the future, to make significant impacts on their protection.  I have worked on conservation projects and visited schools in Africa and Central America, seeing first hand why it is important for our boys to understand the wider world.

Prior to teaching at Moulsford, I was a full time sportsman, and represented Great Britain at Bobsleigh for six years. I travelled the world competing, including taking part in two Winter Olympic Games (in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994, and Nagano, Japan in 1998). Prior to that I was a Junior and Under 23 International Athlete.

I now spend much of my spare time on the river kayaking. I have completed the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race (125 miles) four times, and race for Pangbourne Canoe Club.  I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  I am married to Clare, the Head of Year 4, and have two children, who are both now at Cokethorpe.