Daniel Downing

Daniel Downing

Teacher of Geography / Duke of Edinburgh Verifier

I was born in the Lake District and grew up in a coastal town on the Furness peninsula called Barrow in north-west England.

I studied Geography at the University of Salford and graduated in 2015. Since then I have been involved in a number of local agricultural projects, teaching growing and cooking techniques as well as promoting sustainable living and the reduction of food miles. These experiences led me to teaching and I completed my PGCE in Secondary Geography in 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have worked in education and teaching for a number of years in a variety of roles. I originally started as a teaching assistant and gradually moved into secondary teaching. After completing my PGCE, I gained a job at my placement school, Parrs Wood High School & Sixth Form which is my current school. I have also taught cooking and growing classes at local agricultural projects.

My parents live in my hometown of Barrow and I credit them for having fostered my love of people and the outdoors. I am one of two siblings, my sister lives in Manchester and I have 2 nephews who are 2 and 3 years old.

My interests are the outdoors, sports, music, cooking and travel. My passion for geography flows into my interests and while I attended university I acquired an allotment, grew my own vegetable produce, created and cooked dishes out of them and sold these at markets across the UK. Being active is something I not only enjoy but feel is an important part of my life and I try to be outdoors as much as possible, hiking, climbing and playing sports, particularly golf and football. I’m particularly looking forward to exploring Doha and the whole of Qatar.

In an ever-changing world, my role and aim at Oryx International School is to help students understand the unique, interconnected planet we live in and the role they play within it. Creating a sense of adventure, wonder and intrigue in the world whilst building the confidence to ask questions is vital to understanding the complex world we live in. I will provide students with the knowledge and tools to become positive, global citizens who are able to make a difference. I also plan to build on the already fantastic work being done at Oryx and add to the already thriving community.