Pete Gibson

Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies

I have worked at IH Bristol as a teacher and teacher trainer since 1998, and I now work managing the school to ensure that all students have a fantastic experience during their time with us. Before International House Bristol, I spent some time teaching in secondary schools in Greece - this was a great opportunity to learn the language and experience Greek culture!

As the Principal and Director of Studies, I work closely with Val and Marcel, the Directors, to make sure the students have the best possible learning and cultural experience with IH Bristol. My particular responsibility is for the day-to-day smooth running of the school. In addition, I enjoy finding new ways to help students learn more effectively - I'm especially interested in ensuring that our teaching teams make pronunciation a part of every lesson.  I also think learning phrases - 'chunks' of language, not just words - is essential for successful learning.

Outside work, I spend most of my time with my family, playing with and looking after my two children (one boy, 8 years old, and one girl, 5 years old). They certainly keep me busy! If I have any other free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, especially blues, jazz and improvising. I also play squash with a group of friends every week, to try and keep myself fit!

Bristol is my home town - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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Meet our staff

Federica Masala
Accommodation & Office Administrator
Alexandra Jurado
Teacher of Spanish
Ana Belen Abril Andreu
Teacher of Spanish
Anna Gerard-Mocholi
Teacher of French
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
IELTS Administrator
Catherine Mason
Teacher of German
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Enza Grauso
Teacher of Italian
Joanna Thorpe
Teacher of English
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Julian Segura
Teacher of Spanish
Katerina Velliki Vasileiadou
Teacher of Greek
Kei Yamauchi Forsythe
Teacher of Japanese
Liz Bowden
Senior Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Marcel Jansen
Marina Ossovskaya
Center Exams Manager & Office Co-ordinator
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Katie Denton
Sales & Marketing Manager
Sidney (Xueqiong Wu)
Teacher of Mandarin
Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Val Hennessy
Veronica Mastrandrea
Teacher of Italian
Véronique Morgan