Department: Head of Geography; Science

Mr J ReesMr Rees was born in Swansea and moved to the Wirral attending Great Meols Primary and Pensby High School for Boys. His interest in the environment lead naturally to Geographical studies at Aberystwyth University where, after getting an honours degree, he undertook an MSc at the Palynological Research Centre, Aberystwyth. As a palynologist (pollen scientist) ,he started to broaden his horizons into plant evolution, palaeontology, archaeology and crucially climate change – an issue which he still maintains significant interest in to this day.

Mr Rees then worked for the Field Studies Council on the North Downs, Surrey where, as tutor, he ran courses for a range of ages and abilities in and around Box Hill. This lead to an interest in teaching, so he did a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church, Kent. His first teaching post was at Westcliff High School for Boys in Essex where he went on to become Head of Department.

When Mr Rees arrived at Kingsmead, he was a member of the boarding team and took over the running of the Geography Department where he has been ever since. He also works closely with the Science Department, utilising his lab-based background in Key Stage 3 Chemistry and Physics.

His interest in Geography and travel led to reaching Everest Base Camp, Nepal for Claire House in May 2004 and the following year, higher again to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In 2006 he completed the ‘three peaks challenge’ of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.

Mr Rees has raised money for charity with cycling and half marathons and presently, with the School charity Compassion supporting three children in various developing countries.

He plays mandolin, guitar and bass guitar and has been writing music and performing in bands since he was 16. Other interests include walking, running, cooking and gardening and especially Yoga. He has two children – Owen and Annabelle.