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Modern Languages

Housed in an attractive and recently refurbished Georgian building and in the new classrooms of the main school building, the Modern Languages department is, physically and spiritually, at the heart of the School. We believe that learning a foreign language has never been more important, for the diverse and valuable skillset that it develops, the cultural awareness and sensitivity that it promotes, and the sheer intellectual challenge and stimulation that it offers.

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

Tonbridge Modern Languages were 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. This is reflected in the numbers of boys who choose to pursue modern languages beyond Tonbridge: every year, the department sends boys to Oxford and Cambridge, and traditionally, the second most popular degree course for leavers is either languages or a language combined with another subject.

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

Ms Deirdre Mc Dermot

Head of Department (Spanish)
MA, University of Granada, Dublin City University and University of Limerick

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

MA, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Mr James Nicholls

MA, Worcester College, Oxford

Mr James Storey-Mason

BA, University of Nottingham

Mrs Rochelle Thomson

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

Mr Charles Wright

BA, Nottingham University

Ms Xiang Yu

BA, Shanghai University

Miss Maria del Mar Ponce Galan

Philosophy degree, University of Salamanca

Mrs Maria Schofield

Language Assistant (Italian)

Mrs Hiromi Stevens

Language Assistant (Japanese)

Mr Jean-Patrick Vieu

BA, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee
MA, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee