Kathryn Iddon

Teaching Scholar & SEND Administrator

If I were to pin-point a moment that kick-started my flight path, it would be when I was a primary school-aged child: my older brother explained to me why I shouldn’t throw used batteries in the bin, which would be destined for landfill. The scientific process of how a toxic leachate would be formed was fascinating and the impacts on the environment made perfect sense to me as a lover of the natural world.
My fascination for science and the environment developed throughout my academic life, discovering the reasons and meanings for many aspects of our world.  It even featured as the topic for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition report: observing the impact of tourism and human activity in the North York Moors.
I was fortunate enough to be able to study Environmental Science as an A level at Preston College, along with Geography, Biology and Chemistry, before undertaking my degree in the subject. I love how as a subject, Environmental Science covers a huge variety of topics and is perpetually evolving as we understand more of the world and continue to realise implications of human activities.
During my degree, I undertook a work placement in the environmental department of a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy.  This was my first opportunity to learn about the intricacies of investigating, monitoring and remediating contaminated land.
After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with my 2:1, I worked in a consultancy position managing contaminated land projects across the country ranging from house building sites, radioactive landfills, clearing former munitions factories then on to large infrastructure projects.
Spending 13 years in industry has given me the opportunity to experience and learn about putting theories and principles into practice: experience that I want to share. As an aspiring Geography teacher, I want to help nurture the curiosity that the students have for understanding the world around them and their critical thinking skills while developing their knowledge. I think that as a subject, geography is most strongly linked to the King’s value of “self awareness”: this is because we all impact the world around us in every choice we make, including whether we throw those batteries in the bin or not…