Val Hennessy

Val Hennessy
Director

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.

 

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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
Director
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
Director
Veronica Mastrandrea
Teacher of Italian
Véronique Morgan
Book-keeper