Modern Languages

Department Overview

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.  

For full details of the curriculum, please use the link below.

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Beyond the Curriculum

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. 

Department staff

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 Assistant Head (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).

Mr Simon Brian, MA

Mr Brian joined Charterhouse as Deputy Head (Academic) having taught at Cheltenham College for seven years. He was Head of MFL, then took up the post of Director of Studies followed by three years as Deputy Head (Academic). Prior to this he was at Highgate School and at Dulwich College. He was educated at Ripon Grammar School before studying French and German at University of Edinburgh. In addition to his role of Deputy Head (Academic), Mr Brian also teaches French.

Miss Alice Brooking, MA

Miss Brooking teaches French and Spanish at Charterhouse and is Housemistress of Fletcherites, the School's Sixth Form co-educational boarding House. She previously taught languages at Eton College and, prior to that, was Housemistress at Harrow International School in Hong Kong where she founded a new boarding house in the senior school. She also spent five years as Head of the French department at Harrow School in London before her move to Asia.  

Miss Brooking gained a scholarship and was educated at Sevenoaks School, and has an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Her interests include education, literature, foreign film, travel and music.

Ms Martina Boggian, BA - Head of Italian

Ms Boggian holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Bologna. She taught Italian in Melbourne before moving to London where after completing her PGCE she taught both in the state and private sectors.  In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, good food,good wine  good company and swimming.

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 and in charge of organising the '50-mile Walk'. 

Mr Nicholas Budden, MA, Dip in Law (GDL) - Head of French

Mr Budden joined Charterhouse from Bedales School, where he was the Head of Modern Languages. He was educated at Churcher’s College before attending London University. He went on to study at the College of Law in Guildford before going on to Roehampton University to gain his PGCE in French and German. Mr Budden has 17 years of teaching experience and finalised his MA in School Improvement at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2008.  

Ms Mingzhu Cui, BA

Ms Mingzhu Cui holds a BA in English from the Shandong Women's University. She taught English in Zouping No.1 Middle School before she came to Charterhouse School. She joined Charterhouse as a Mandarin teacher via Confucius Institute for TCM at London South Bank University in 2019.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, painting and photography. 

Mr Roberto Garcia Encinas, BA - Head of Spanish 

Mr Encinas joined Charterhouse in 2019 from The Royal Hospital School, where he was Head of Spanish for the previous ten years. He studied Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Valladolid before moving to Suffolk as a Language Assistant. Mr Encinas has worked as an examiner for AQA since 2015. He enjoys reading, films, travelling and sports, especially football and basketball.

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, held the post of Master of the Under School and Warden of Northridge, and is currently Artistic Director of the Theatre. Particular academic interests include Medieval French and German literature and 19th Century French poetry.

Mr Gilles Gergaud, L-ès-L 

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. After several years teaching French and running the French Department, Mr Gergaud is currently our French Language Assistant.

Miss Charlotte Hughes-D'Aeth, BSc, PGCE 

Miss Hughes-D’Aeth joined Charterhouse in 2019 from Repton School, Dubai where she was Head of Girls' Boarding and Head of Year 10 as well as teaching French and Spanish for six years. Miss Hughes-D’Aeth was educated at Rugby School and Charterhouse (S07) before completing her degree in French at the University of Bristol. Living in the Middle East enabled Miss Hughes-D’Aeth to indulge in her passion for travel, languages, and photography and in her spare time, she likes to cook, read, and do yoga. As well as teaching French and Spanish at Charterhouse, Miss Hughes-D'Aeth is also Assistant Housemistress of Sutton. 

Mr Andrew Marshall-Taylor, MA 

Mr Marshall-Taylor gained his MA in French and German at Edinburgh University and his PGCE in Modern Languages at Cambridge University. He has taught Languages at Rugby School and The Royal Grammar School in Guildford and has also been a prep school Deputy Head and Headmaster. He is a qualified executive coach and his interests include mountain biking and open water swimming. Mr Marshall-Taylor is also Housemaster of Gownboys. 

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. 

Mrs Monika Peacock, BA - Head of German 

Mrs Peacock is a native German speaker who originally trained as a landscape architect. She joined the School from Plymouth College where she was Head of German. She grew up and was educated in Germany culminating in a BA at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She gained her PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of West of England after her change in career. Mrs Peacock also speaks French and Spanish. She is a qualified yoga teacher, keen cyclist, runner and outdoor enthusiast.

Miss Ana Presencio, BA

Miss Presencio grew up in Spain and attended the Universidad de Valladolid where she gained her BA in History. She completed her Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in 2016 at the Universidad de Francisco de Victoria. She joined Charterhouse as the Spanish Language Assistant after working as a private tutor in Zurich. Miss Presencio is interested in travelling, reading, skiing and running.

Mr James Price, BA

Mr Price 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. Mr Price currently teaches German.

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 Li Zhang, MA

Miss Zhang is a native Chinese speaker who grew up in China. She got a MA in American Literature from Heilongjiang University, China in 2011. She joined Charterhouse as a Mandarin teacher via Confucius Institute for TCM at London South Bank University. Her interests are reading, writing and travelling.

Ms Mingyan Zhu, MA

Ms Zhu gained her BA in English Education from Harbin Normal University in China and later MA in Cognitive Linguistics. She has 12 years of teaching experience. She joined Charterhouse as a Mandarin teacher via Confucius Institute for TCM at London South Bank University. Her particular interests include teaching methodology, cooking, reading and travelling.

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