Curriculum Leader: Clare Leeke.
Welcome to Humanities
Maria Vinall has been teaching History at Saint George’s for six years. After a successful career in industry, Maria indulged her passion for History and studied for her degree while taking a break to look after her children. Maria gained a first-class degree in History from the University of Kent, and decided to put this to good use and completed her teacher training at Saint George’s. Maria likes to include drama and creative activities in her lessons and enjoys taking her students on trips and to lectures. Last year Maria took some senior students to a lecture by Melvyn Bragg in London and to a History taster day at Queen Mary’s, University of London. When she is not teaching, marking and writing new lessons she is often to be found visiting places of historical interest and reading history books!
Kirsty Higson has been teaching in the Humanities department for a very long time. She teaches both History and RE. Kirsty studied French and History for both her undergraduate and education degrees at the University of Western Ontario and completed a Masters in Education from the University of Warwick. Kirsty is also the Community Leader for Canterbury, which is a pastoral role. She enjoys historical walks locally and in new places.
Andrew Watson has been teaching in the Humanities faculty for two years after graduating in Law from the University of Hertfordshire. During his time at Saint George’s he has had the pleasure of teaching a range of humanities subjects through all key stages now focusing on Religious Education. Andrew is a Rochester form tutor and will be the year 7 rugby coach from 2014. He encourages the new year 7’s to give rugby a go by joining the rugby team.
Zoe Omololu has been teaching in the Humanities faculty for the past 5 years. Since graduating from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Deaf Studies and Health Studies, Zoe has gone on to focus on teaching Humanities and GCSE Health and Social Care. This year Zoe has taking on a new role as Assistant Community Leader for York Community which is a pastoral role within the school.
Clare Leeke is the Head of Humanities who has vast experience in teaching geography from her eighteen year career. Since graduating from SOAS, she has been passionate in the delivery of Geography throughout the key stages. Leading the Humanities Faculty, she is responsible for the delivery and consistent approach to an ever changing curriculum. Most students at Saint George’s will know Clare as the former head of Rochester community now spending her time focusing on the leadership of the Humanities faculty. She enjoys arranging trips to many geographical inspirational places in our ever changing world.
Andrea Clarkson has been teaching in the Humanities faculty for the last 3 years, she has worked within Humanities for over 15 years as a HLTA. As the Key Stage 3 Leader of Humanities, she is responsible for the delivery and consistent approach to an ever changing curriculum for years 7 and 8. Since graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2005 with a degree in Child and Youth Studies, Andrea has been focusing on KS3 Humanities, GCSE Geography and Religious Education .
Sarah Finnegan is acting head of Religious Education at Saint Georges. This is Sarah’s 8th year of teaching at Saint Georges. Sarah teaches the popular course ‘A Level Philosophy and Ethics’. Sarah graduated from Kent University in 2006 with a 2:1 degree in Religious Education. Sarah has accompanied international trips with the school, such as Berlin and Russia. Sarah is responsible for organising RE Stop Days in which speakers from Torch Light and Holocaust Memorial have run sessions for Sixth Form. Sarah celebrates the fact that Saint Georges is a Church School with local Church Primary Schools with the ‘RE Celebration Day’ in which the Mayor of Gravesend attended.
Samantha Lane has been teaching in the Humanities faculty for seven years after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University. During her time at Saint George’s she has had the pleasure of teaching a range of humanities subjects through all key stages. She now focuses on Sociology in KS5 and Geography in KS3. Samantha is also York Community Leader and spends a lot of her time leading the 200 students and 14 members of staff in York Community. In her free time she loves to travel and see new places. She has been lucky enough to go on many school trips including ski trips to the USA and Canada.
Year 7 Overview:
In Year 7 students study 2 units of Geography, 2 of History and 2 of Religious Education, this equates to 1 unit per term, each subject will alternate. During each unit, students will be assessed using a Common Assessment Task , one will be completed in school and one at home as Homework, although weekly homeworks will be set by their class teacher. These assessments will enable teachers to assess the pupils current levels and ensure they are on the correct flight path.
Year 8 Overview:
In Year 8 students study Geography, History and Religious Education discreetly. Each subject will be taught over 3 lessons during the 2 week timetable. The students will be assessed using a Common Assessment Task , one will be completed in school and one at home as Homework, although weekly homeworks will be set by their class teacher. These assessments will enable teachers to assess the pupils current levels and ensure they are on the correct flight path. The final assessment in term 6 will be in the form of an examination.