Mr Liam Copley
Position: Chatham Housemaster, Teacher of Geography
Department: Chatham House,
Qualifications: BA Wales, MEd Cambridge
Telephone: 01280 818246, 01280 818275, 07938 751507
Life before Stowe
Previously I was Director of Sport, Head of Rugby and a Geography teacher at The Leys School in Cambridge. Prior to this I was a Housemaster at Welbeck College, where again I ran the rugby and taught Geography. Before going into teaching I played rugby with Leeds and worked in the banking sector.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Geography is everywhere and everything. Geography helps us think more intelligently about ourselves and how we interact with others and the physical world. It shapes the future that people will need to face and helps us understand the importance of sustainability across scales and place in both the physical and human domain.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
Stowe has an incredible sense of community. Despite the active atmosphere of the School it still manages to feel tranquil and serene. Who could not be inspired by this incredible setting?
What is your favourite Lesson?
The best Geography lessons occur out in the field, real geography is hands on. To understand geographical concepts you must speak to the people, touch the landscape and immerse yourself in the topic. Assessing the long profile changes along a stretch of river allows you to get literally in at the deep end.
What do others say about you?
Firm but fair.
Being a Housemaster in Chatham is a rather all consuming role. However, I also teach Geography and coach rugby and athletics.
My two daughters Olivia and Emilia. Spending quality time with my family is my true passion. Having had to retire from playing rugby early in my career it has always been a large part in my life. I still enjoy keeping fit and training in the gym. In the holidays I enjoy surfing and exploring the nearby mountain scenery close to my home on Anglesey.