Modern Languages

Housed in an attractive detached Georgian building and in the new classrooms of the main school building, the Modern Languages department is well equipped technically: there are fourteen classrooms all with a full range of audio-visual aids (computer, data projector, sound system, screen and OHP, as well as CD and DVD players), a department office with resources store and two language assistant rooms. There is also a 25-booth digital language laboratory which uses state-of-the-art Sanako technology.

Traditionally, the second most popular degree course for leavers is either languages or a language combined with another course.

Tonbridge Modern Languages has been recognised by Geoff Lucas (editor of the Good Schools Guide) in an article which appeared in the First Eleven and featured in Country Life as one of the best Modern Languages departments in the country.

  • The department's primary aim is to provide a first-rate and enjoyable education for every boy in every language that we teach. The other aims are:
  • To maintain and/or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the chosen language;
  • To create an atmosphere where boys wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy the chosen language, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best;
  • To encourage the desire to study foreign languages to a higher level;
  • To enable boys to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities;
  • To employ teaching methods and resources which allow all boys to experience success and enjoyment in their work

Mr William Law

Head of Modern Languages & Head of Department (French)
BA, St John's College, Oxford

Mr Sholto Kerr

Head of Department (German)
BA, University of Birmingham

Mr Justin Wu

Head of Department (Mandarin)
MA, Fudan University, Shanghai

Mrs Corinne Clugston

Head of Department (EAL)
BA, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Mr Richard Hoare

Teacher
MA, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Miss Deirdre McDermot

Teacher
MA, University of Granada, Dublin City University and University of Limerick

Mr Lindsay McDonald

Teacher
MA, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Mr James Nicholls

Teacher
MA, Worcester College, Oxford

Mr James Storey-Mason

Teacher
BA, University of Nottingham

Mrs Rochelle Thomson

Teacher, Internal Assessor for Access Arrangements
BA, University of Auckland

Mr Charles Wright

Teacher
BA, Nottingham University

Ms Xiang Yu

Teacher
BA, Shanghai University

Philippa Edwards

Language Assistant (German)

Mrs Elena Kelly

Language Assistant (Russian)

Miss Camille Piton

Language Assistant (French)
MA, Paris Sorbonne University

Mrs Maria Schofield

Language Assistant (Italian)

Mrs Hiromi Stevens

Language Assistant (Japanese)