Modern Foreign Languages are in demand and add distinction to any personal profile. Our language students develop both academic and social competencies. They develop cultural appreciation, become confident communicators, and enjoy an enriched travelling experience. We offer lessons in a range of foreign languages including French, German, Russian and Spanish. We also offer lessons in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Italian and Modern Greek.
We work with students of a range of abilities and ages – from Early Years to adult learners. Our qualified team of Modern Language teachers tailor lessons for beginners, those with some knowledge of the language, or for advanced learners. Courses focus on the goals of each individual student – be that a GCSE or A Level exam, conversational proficiency, or fluency. Our GCSE and A Level students are matched with qualified teachers who have experience of the exam board and administer oral examinations in schools.
Our lessons improve the quality and accuracy of the four language skills – speaking, reading, listening and writing. Golden Circle teachers use a range of teaching strategies, including games and memory quizzes, to develop each child’s vocabulary, grammar and tenses, and students are encouraged to practice their oral skills in a supportive home environment. By developing confidence, initiative and independent study, our students are well equipped for public exams or vibrant discussions in their language of choice.
"Lindsay is brilliant - a wonderful French teacher and an inspiring role model. We are very happy and I would highly recommend her."
Mother of a Year 3 student
"I just wanted to share my thanks and appreciation for your hard work preparing my son for his exams. Oliver is a fantastic and talented educator - the best we could have asked for! He uses learning techniques which bring the language to life and I have overheard many a lively debate between them about German films, newspapers, and music! My son is now achieving great results at school but, more importantly, he has confidence and an enthusiasm for the language that wasn’t there before. A fantastic outcome all round."
Father of a Year 11 student
"Languages open doors, and open doors lead to exciting opportunities."
Jessica graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Music and French. She qualified as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in 2017 and has since been teaching secondary students from Year 7 - Year 11 at a school in East London. Jessica is an approachable and supportive teacher. Since joining The Golden Circle in 2018, she has successfully prepared students for competitive Common Entrance and French GCSE exams. Jessica is an accomplished and practicing musician. She has an ABRSM Grade 8 in Flute and Piano.
"A language is an exact reflection of the growth and character of its speakers."
Florence holds a first-class degree in Modern Languages. She completed the Teach First programme in 2016, specialising in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and received an ‘Outstanding’ rating for her PGCE teaching qualification. Florence has 5 years of classroom experience teaching French and Portuguese at a school in North London. In her latest role, she was also an Assistant Headteacher. She now works as a qualified SENCo and as an Interpreter for the Government of Jersey.
"Languages go beyond academia, by enabling you to connect with other cultures and people."
Alice graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Spanish and Portuguese and MA in Education. As part of her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad at universities in Porto and Barcelona. Alice completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Spanish. She has 9 years of classroom experience teaching Spanish at GCSE and A level. She has taught in schools in the UK, US and Australia. In addition to teaching, Alice has worked as a Moderator of GCSE Spanish Speaking exams for OCR. Her lessons range from academic exam preparation for GCSE and A Level students, to immersive cultural experiences for fun learners!
"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith
Miranda holds a degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Oxford. She completed her teacher training through the Teach First programme and has 2 years of experience teaching in the classroom. She is experienced tutoring high ability children and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). She volunteers for the charity IPSEA which offers free advice to families of children with SEND. Alongside private tutoring, Miranda is currently training to be a barrister at City Law School.
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." - Wittgenstein
Lewis is a qualified Modern Languages Teacher, having completed the Teach First programme in 2018. He holds 5 years of classroom experience teaching GCSE French and A Level Spanish at a West London Secondary School. Each year, his students achieve outstanding results at GCSE and A Level. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, Lewis is also the Head of Year 12. Lewis holds a degree in French and Spanish from University College London.
"Language study enhances listening skills and memory."
Lindsay graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Spanish, French and International Relations in 2014. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages. Lindsay is an experienced teacher, having taught Spanish and French for the past 7 years. Alongside her role as a classroom teacher at a South London school, Lindsay is the Head of Modern Foreign Languages.
"Learning languages enhances your understanding and appreciation of other cultures."
Lily is a qualified French and Spanish Teacher. She trained as a teacher through the Teach First programme, achieving her PGCE qualification from University College London in 2016. Lily has 5 years of classroom teaching experience, specialising in GCSE and A level Spanish. She is also responsible for organising culturally immersive Key Stage 4 trips, including an annual trip to Madrid. Lily graduated from the University of Durham in 2013 with a BA in French and Spanish. As part of her degree, she spent one year studying at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
"Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. Knowledge of Chinese is a different vision of life."
Jingjing holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is currently a PhD student at University College London, specialising in School Leadership and Teacher Well-being. Jingjing has extensive experience teaching Mandarin in both the UK and China, having taught privately since 2016. She teaches across a range of ages and abilities, from young learners, to undergraduate students and professionals. Alongside her role as a private tutor, Jingjing is Co-Founder and Academic Manager of the Chinese School London.
"Knowing a foreign language is a statement. A statement of courage, confidence, and perseverance."
Harriet holds a degree in French and Russian from University College London and a Master’s degree from SOAS. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages, and holds 4 years of classroom experience teaching French and Spanish. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Harriet has also held the role of Head of MFL. She currently teaches at an international school and privately tutors with The Golden Circle.
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174 Hammersmith Road
London W6 7JP
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