Modern Languages

The Modern Languages Department aims to enable pupils to use foreign languages effectively for communication. At present we offer French, German and Spanish and there is also the opportunity for Sixth Form pupils to learn Mandarin and Italian within the IB Diploma Programme. 

We provide a disciplined approach to language learning which extends pupils beyond the demands of exam board requirements. By developing strong grammatical competence and increasing pupils’ confidence in verbal interaction, we hope to enhance their ability to communicate in different situations. 

The department aims to stimulate independent learning and intellectual curiosity and encourages all pupils to embrace the study of languages with an enthusiastic and willing approach.  

Our vibrant curricula includes outside lectures, visits to see films, plays, exhibitions, as well as trips abroad and arranged exchanges. There are language societies run by Sixth Form pupils, who organise activities and events throughout the year. The department prides itself on having of a team of dedicated and passionate teachers with a wide variety of skills and interests who work tirelessly to provide our pupils with the necessary tools to become linguistically competent. Teaching is supported with highly qualified language assistants who help pupils develop a strong oral confidence when communicating in the target language. 

The Spanish lecture series can be found in the Academic News section of the School website. Below is a link to one of the reviews written by the pupil in charge of the Spanish Department lectures:

Spanish Lecture Series  | Internal Page

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) Curriculum and Sixth Form Curriculum sections.

Miss Patricia Aguado, BA - Head of Spanish and Modern Languages

Graduating with a Degree in Spanish Philology at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and the University of Ghent (Belgium), Miss Aguado arrived at Charterhouse having also completed a PGCE. During her time at Charterhouse, she completed a Post-Graduate diploma in Linguistics, specializing in Sephardic language. She has been the Reviser for the Cambridge Pre-U Spanish examinations since 2008. She is particularly interested in Sociolinguistics and the Spanish Golden Age drama but her real passion lies in the life and works of Federico García Lorca.

Miss Almudena Alonso, BA

Miss Alonso joined Charterhouse as a teacher of Spanish, having taught at Millfield School and worked for Cambridge International Examinations Board for four years. She received a BA in English at the Universidad de Almeria and Loughborough University, studying her PGCE at Marjon University, Plymouth. She is a regular runner and is interested in fitness and cooking. 

Mr Simon Allen, MA

Mr Allen has a Masters Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages (Spanish and Italian) from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Throughout his career he has had a particular interest in Latin American literature. As well as teaching Spanish, Mr Allen is also Deputy Headmaster (Academic) and was previously Housemaster of Saunderites.

Dr William Baugniet, LLB, LLM, PhD

Dr Baugniet teaches French and Spanish. He was educated at Lycée Marechal Lannes; King’s College London, (LLB in English and French Law), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Maîtrise en Droits Français et Anglais – 2.1), College of Europe, Bruges (LLM Master in European Community Law), Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice), Instituto Cervantes (Diploma of Spanish as a foreign language “DELE Superior”). He previously taught French and Spanish at Canford School. His interests include cricket, tennis and sailing (RYA Yachtmaster).

Miss Alice Brooking, MA

Miss Brooking teaches French and is also the Housemaster of Fletcherites. She previously taught modern languages at Eton, and prior to that she was Housemistress at Harrow International School in Hong Kong where she founded the sixth form girls’ house.  Miss Brooking was educated at Weald of Kent Grammar School for Girls and Sevenoaks School, and gained an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  Her interests include foreign films, travel and music; she plays the oboe and piano at Grade 8 level.

Ms Martina Boggian, BA

Ms Boggian is a native Italian who has been teaching in the UK for the last ten years. She teaches Italian, French and Spanish having peviously taught at Portland Place School where she was Head of Italian and teacher of Spanish. Ms Boggian was educated at IT IS Euganeo Este PD and went on to earn a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Bologna. Her interests include literature, music, art, cinema, history, swimming, volleyball and cooking.  

Mr Simon Brennan, BA

Graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree at Trinity College, Dublin, Mr Brennan teaches Spanish and French and brings an extra dimension to his teaching with his academic knowledge in 19th Century French poetry, the 20th Century Spanish and Spanish-American novel, and the Spanish Civil War. He is also Lay Chaplain. 

Miss Emily Fox, BA

Graduating with a Joint Honours Degree in French and German from London University, Miss Fox completed a post graduate diploma at the Oxford School of Drama. She arrived at Charterhouse to teach French and German several years later and having completed a PGCE in Modern Languages and English at Westminster, Oxford. During her time at Charterhouse, Miss Fox has had several years as Head of Drama. She is Master of the Under School and Warden of Northridge. Particular academic interests include Medieval French and German literature and 19th Century French poetry.

Mr Gilles Gergaud, L-ès-L - Head of French

Mr Gergaud was awarded a Licence in Linguistics from Nantes University and subsequently a PGCE from Cambridge University. He teaches French and Spanish. His particular areas of interest include French novels of the nineteenth century and American short stories.

Mr Nigel Hadfield, MA

Mr Hadfield teaches French and German at the School. He was awarded a Masters Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages at New College, Oxford and specialises in language learning and the development of e-learning whilst enjoying foreign literature and history.

Mrs Eleanor McIntyre, MA 

Mrs McIntyre has over 40 years teaching experience including a previous four year engagement at Charterhouse. She studied at the University of Glasgow and did her Post-graduate Teacher Training at Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow. Mrs McIntyre is also a certified counsellor with qualification from the University of Surrey. Her interests are theatre, classical music and opera. 

Mr James Price, BA

Mr Price teaches German and French. He read modern languages at the University of Manchester and did a PGCE at Oriel College Oxford. He previously taught at Dean Close School, Forest School and more recently at Wellington College (where he was also head of languages for many years). He is particularly interested in modern German history and German cinema but he equally enjoys teaching Goethe and Schiller. Outside the classroom he is a keen amateur thespian and has directed and acted on a number of occasions. He enjoys reading, travel, cooking and learning languages: over the last fifteen years he has travelled regularly all over Spain and to Mexico to study Spanish.

Dr Peregrine Rand, BA, MPhil, PhD

Dr Rand teaches French and Theory of Knowledge at the School. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, Pembroke College, Cambridge (BA: Modern Languages - Class 1, MPhil: European Literature, PhD: French) and University of London (PGCE). Dr Rand was Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church Oxford, and has taught at St Edward's School, Oxford and Lady Eleanor Holles School. His interests include football and film.

Miss Saida Ruiz de Temiño, MA

Miss Ruiz is a native Spanish who graduated with a Degree in English Philology at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and the University of Edinburgh. Whilst working as an English teacher, she gained a MA in Linguistics applied to teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the University of Jaén (Spain). Having travelled around Spain teaching both English and Spanish, she arrived at Charterhouse last year to work as a Spanish assistant. 

Dr Ernst Zillekens, DPhil

Dr Zillekens, Doctor of Philosophy in English and Latin at Bonn University, has academic interests in Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, 19th Century German Novella, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka and Bertold Brecht. Dr Zillekens' literature translations includes The Themes of Philip Larkin’s Poetry (Bonn University Press 1983 and German Parallel Texts (Penguin 2003); in 2011 Dr Zillekens wrote Charterhouse - A 400th Anniversary Portrait. He is also Senior Librarian and Master-in-charge of Archives at the School.