Dr Val Hennessy

Dr Val Hennessy

I can hardly believe the school is entering its 32nd year! Even more surprising is the fact that I am still loving every minute of what I do. I miss teaching, of course, but it is important to empower those around you to continue the work you started and that is what I am trying to do. The people I work with have so much to offer that is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to help them to achieve their goals.

The world is an uncertain place at the moment but I believe as firmly as ever that being able to communicate with one another is still the best way to ensure the survival of us all.  When people ask me what I do, I reply (a little pompously) that I change the world, one person at a time.  There is little in life as satisfting as watching somebody you have given language skills to using those skills to communcate with a person from a different place and culture.

On a personal level, Marcel and I are braced for the end of school for Nicky, who takes A Levels in summer 2019.  Saskia aced her A Levels last year and is taking a year out before going to universtiy.  Nicky is likely to do the same thing but as he is intending to go and work at an elephant scanctuary after he finishes school, it looks like we will be a childfree zone in September 2019. Just in time for an extended trip to Australia in 2020.



Meet our staff

Ali Bougatef
Teacher of Arabic and French
Amanda Richardson
Exams Administrator
Ana Belen Abril Andreu
Teacher of Spanish
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
IELTS Administrator
Catherine Mason
Teacher of German
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Dr Val Hennessy
Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Francesca Agnoletto
Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator
Gabriel Moreira
Sales and Marketing (Brazil)
Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian
Joanna Thorpe
Teacher of English
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Joyce Zhou
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese
Julian Segura
Teacher of Spanish
Kei Yamauchi Forsythe
Teacher of Japanese
Liliya Sadek
Teacher of Russian
Liz Bowden
Senior Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Lucy Picher-Regaire
Teacher of French
Magali Vidal
Teacher of French
Marcel Jansen
Marina Ossovskaya
Center Exams Manager & Office Co-ordinator
Markus Ribeiro
Teacher of Portuguese
Monika Gerlach
Teacher of German
Katerina Velliki
Teacher of Greek
Nicky Yeeles
Teacher of English
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Sally German
Senior teacher
Shaun Duncan
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Kamila Zielinska
Teacher of Polish
Toby Shearwood
Social Programme & Buildings Coordinator
Veronica Mastrandrea
Teacher of Italian
Véronique Morgan