Mr Jonathan Barker
Head of Department, Head of Higher Education and Careers
Mr Jonathan Barker (Jon) joined Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) as Head of Geography from St Mary's School, Ascot, in the UK, where he held the same position (as well as Assistant Housemaster) for 18 months, before the allure of Epsom College in Malaysia whisked him away.
Throughout his teaching career, he has worked in boarding environments, having run the Geography department and been Assistant Housemaster at Uppingham School in Rutland, and taught Geography and been resident tutor at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. He has followed both the English and International curriculum over the years and has examined for Edexcel A-Level since 2010.
Jon read Geography at the University of Durham, where he also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
He is keen for students to appreciate Geography by using their own experiences to help them understand the world around them. He is, therefore, particularly passionate about fieldwork, but also promotes the use of ICT to assist in students' learning.
As of January 2018, Jon is also Head of Higher Education and Careers, where he is responsible for supporting students in getting onto the course of their choice and into their favoured universities, whatever country that might be in. He organises visiting universities and works with the Sixth Form members in helping with university and course research; assisting personal statement writing; coordinating references; supporting interview preparation; as well as discussing future careers after university. He believes strongly that ECiM has a responsibility to its students beyond achievement in A-levels and always encourages full participation in the College's CCA programme, to prepare students for university life and beyond.
He is a keen (although limited) footballer, as well as an avid Newcastle United fan, and has coached both boys and girls, winning the regional championships with the latter at Uppingham. He has also coached and enjoys playing hockey and has dabbled in lacrosse. He has an enthusiasm for travel, enjoying transforming all trips into a geography fieldtrip, whether with school or not. He has also recently developed a passion for skiing.