Geography is a really popular subject at St Julian’s and achieves excellent results at all Key Stages. We use a variety of teaching resources to enhance our learning and teaching, and students get to further their experience in Key Stages 4 and 5 with a foreign field trip to experience Geography in “real-life”.


Subject team

Mrs Waters

BSc(Hons), PGCE, PGDip

Mrs Waters joined St Julian’s in September 2005, after teaching in the Rhondda Valley for 2 years. She became Head of the Geography Department in September 2012. Out of school Mrs Waters enjoys spending time with her daughter, keeping fit and going on holiday.


Miss Griffiths

BSc(Hons), PGCE w/ Masters Credits

Miss Griffiths joined St. Julians in September 2013, after spending 4 years teaching in a Cardiff Comprehensive School. Born in the Rhondda Valleys, she studied Geography at Swansea university and then completed her PGCE at UWE, Bristol. She is currently the assistant Head of the Geography department, and also teaches Humanites and BTEC Travel and Tourism. In her spare time, Miss Griffiths enjoys the cinema and travelling the world whenever possible.


Nicola Davies


Began teaching Geography at St Julian’s in 2011, became ‘Teacher in Charge of Humanities’ in 2012. Miss Davies teaches Geography, Humanities, Religious Studies and Welsh Baccalaureate. Before teaching, she worked in corporate events and ran several global events: her clients included Avaya, Serco and Pfizer. Her main interests out of school are walking and DIY.


Mrs Moln-Richards

BEd(Hons) Jonkoping, Sweden AdvDipEd

Mrs Moln-Richards has been working at St Julian’s School for seventeen years. She started in the LDC with the last two years as Joint Head of Unit and joined the Geography department in 2009. As a  native of Sweden she came to the UK in 1989 working in a secondary school in England for seven years, before moving to Wales. She enjoys walking, reading and travel.


Mr King

BSc(Hons) Geography – Plymouth University
PGCE – Swansea University
Currently doing a MA in School Improvement – University of South Wales

Started at St Julian’s in September 1996 as a Geography teacher and taught all age and ability ranges straight away. Became Head of Geography in 2004 taking the department forward in terms of numbers and results. Became the Head of Hywel Dda House in 2012 and have since reduced my teaching of Geography. This year I am teaching A Level Geography to Year 13, Sustainability Level 1 to Year 12 and a lot of Level 3 Welsh Baccalaureate. I am associated to the Leadership Team. I love teaching at St Julian’s and hope I make a difference. I have a wife and two children (12 and 8 years old). I enjoy watching and playing sport especially football. I support Liverpool and my local club Newport County. I love all food especially hot curry.


Key Stage 3

In Year 8 students study The European Union, Rivers, Brazil and the Rainforest and Development. In Year 9 students study Population, Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Tourism. We are hoping to introduce a KS3 field trip to enhance the learning experience.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we follow the AQA syllabus (B) which is exciting and relevant. We study topics such as Natural Hazards, Tourism, Urban Environments and Coastal Environments. A piece of controlled assessment is completed by students and worth 25% of their overall grade. Their studies are complemented by a fieldtrip to a destination that changes each year. Previous year groups have visited the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Iceland.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we follow the WJEC syllabus where students study various topics such as Population, Global Development, Climate Change and Extreme Environments. We achieve excellent results and many students choose to study Geography at University.

Future pathways

Geography can open many doors. It is seen as both a Science and an Arts subject and covers all of the key skills such as ICT, literacy and numeracy. It is well respected by universities and employers as it links so well with so many other subjects. Careers where Geography is either essential or an advantage include Education, Architecture, Meteorology, Oceanography, Transport, Planning and Travel and Tourism.