Joanna Thorpe

Joanna Thorpe
Teacher of English

I’m a teacher of English and manage one of our young learner centres during the busy summer months.  I moved to Bristol about a year ago and have really enjoyed getting to know the city.  Before moving back to the UK I taught English in Vietnam for six years, where I gained my Diploma and Young Learners qualifications.  As I’m originally from Scotland, I can speak with both an English and Scottish accent, and love doing other accents too.


In the classroom I focus on giving my students opportunities to communicate and develop their spoken fluency, as well as helping with pronunciation problems.  In my free time I enjoy exploring new parts of the city, going to the cinema, and playing tabletop games with my friends.  Games are a great way to improve your English!


I look forward to welcoming you to our lovely school.

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