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 enables 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.
Our vibrant way of teaching modern languages 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.
- Mr Pierre Pillet, MA – Head of Department
- Miss Almudena Alonso, BA
- Mr Juan Fernando Martin Albalat, BA, MA, PGCE
- Mr Simon Allen, MA
- Dr William Baugniet, LLB, LLM, PhD
- Ms Martina Boggian, BA - Head of Italian
- Mr Nicholas Budden, MA, Dip in Law (GDL) - Head of French
- Mr Duncan Byrne, MA, MEd
- Mr Michael Dawson, BA, PGCE
- Mr Roberto Garcia Encinas, BA - Head of Spanish
- Miss Emily Fox, BA
- Miss Judith Gottesman, MA
- Miss Charlotte Hughes-D'Aeth, BSc, PGCE
- Mr Andrew Marshall-Taylor, MA
- Mrs Monika Peacock, BA - Head of German
- Dr Peregrine Rand, BA, MPhil, PhD
- Mrs Louise Wilson, MA, PGCE
Mr Pillet joined Charterhouse from The Perse Upper School in Cambridge where he was Director of Modern Foreign Languages. Previously, he was Deputy Head Academic at King's College Prep School, Cambridge and prior to that was Head of Faculty at Sevenoaks School. At Highgate School, he was Head of Department alongside running the Graduate Teaching Programme, the Charity Committee and coaching both basketball and handball. In 2006, with the French Institute, he created the National French Debating Competition. He is currently a Trustee of the Alliance Française. Earlier in his career, he taught French and Spanish at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys where he was involved in CCF. While at King Edward's Witley, he gained boarding experience as Assistant Housemaster. In his spare time, Mr Pillet enjoys cycling, travelling, art and cinema as well as discovering new wines!
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 Albalat joined Charterhouse as a Spanish Language Assistant after working at King’s College School, Wimbledon as a Spanish Language Assistant for the previous academic year. Prior to that, Mr Albalat had studied English Literature at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where his dissertation explored his deep interest in English rock music and romantic literature. Afterwards, he studied Literary Translation at the same university and worked as a Translator at the prestigious charity Plan International. While doing this, Mr Alabalat decided to pursue a course in Teaching as he enjoyed conducting private tuition classes in his spare time. Mr Albalat obtained his Spanish PGCE at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain, in 2019. He is an avid film, sci-fi literature, and rock music enthusiast.
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 Head of Saunderites.
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).
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 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.
Mr Byrne is Deputy Head (Academic) as well as teaching Modern Languages, joining Charterhouse from Loughborough Grammar School, where he was Headmaster for five years. Prior to this, he was Assistant Head at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and Deputy Head (Academic) at Cheltenham College. Duncan graduated in Modern Languages from Trinity College, Cambridge where he was also a Choral Scholar. In addition to his musical interests, he is a sports enthusiast who particularly enjoys running and road cycling.
Mr Dawson joins Charterhouse from Bedford School, where he taught German, French and Spanish. He held additional responsibilities as both a day and boarding tutor, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator and Master in Charge of Weightlifting. Mr Dawson read German and Italian at UCL, during which time he studied Philology at the University of Vienna and Philosophy at the University of Naples 'L'Orientale'. In his spare time, he enjoys reading the works of various German philosophers, lifting weights and spending time with his family.
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.
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.
Miss Gottesman joins Charterhouse as a graduate student at the Sorbonne in Paris where she is currently completing an MA in English. After her year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, she worked as a drama teacher in English and French at the École Alsacienne in Paris. She is looking to develop her teaching skills but most of all she wants to prepare students for the terrifying experience of ordering food in a French café! Her hobbies include singing, playing the guitar, acting and, when there is time left, learning Russian!
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 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 Head of Gownboys.
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.
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.
Mrs Wilson teaches Spanish and is also Deputy Head (Pupils & Community). Prior to joining Charterhouse she was Senior Deputy (Operational and Pastoral) at Bedales as well as Designated Safeguarding Lead for five years. Previously, she was Deputy Head (Academic) at The Portsmouth Grammar School. Mrs Wilson is a regional and school governor of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust in Portsmouth and an Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Boarding Team Inspector. Mrs Wilson began her teaching career in the maintained sector in Kent, having worked as a journalist after reading Hispanic Studies at King’s College, University of London. From 1999 to 2007, she was Head of Spanish at Charterhouse before becoming Head of Languages and live-in Assistant Boarding Houseparent at Millfield, Somerset.