Pete Gibson

Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies

I have worked at IH Bristol as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager since 1998. I manage the school to ensure all students have the best possible 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 experience Greek culture and to learn the language! As a child, I also lived for several years in the Middle East, including Yemen, and Salalah in Oman.

My main responsibility is the day-to-day organisation of the school's programmes. I also enjoy finding new ways to help students learn more effectively: for example, I encourage our teaching teams to integrate pronunciation into lessons in different ways.  I also think learning English phrases - 'chunks' of language, not just single words - is important for successful learning.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family, trying to keep up with my teenage children (one boy, one girl). When I have free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and piano - especially blues, jazz and improvising. I also play squash with a group of friends every Monday evening - to try and keep myself fit - and I like to walk or cycle to work a few times every week.

Bristol is my home town, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I look forward to welcoming you to the city and to our school!

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Meet IH Bristol staff

Marcel Jansen
Director
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Val Hennessy
Director
Sarah Kew
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Bethany Brown
Teacher of English
Britta Priest
Administrator
Callum Balfour
Sales and Marketing Manager
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Jessica Marzano
Administrator
Joanna Thorpe
Teacher of English
Leander Winden
Administrator and Exams Officer
Márie
Senior Teacher
Sara Madoré
Teacher of French