• French

    Encouraged by enthusiastic Modern Language teachers, French students build fluency and confidence.

  • German

    Students learn the knowledge and linguistic skills to enjoy German art, literature and films.

  • Spanish

    Mastering this Romance language opens doors to new experiences and career opportunities.

  • Italian

    Beautiful and profound, students develop a love of the Italian language, history, and culture.

  • Mandarin

    Through a multitude of topics, Chinese students learn to communicate at a sophisticated level in the language.

  • Japanese

    Taught by Japanese language experts and native speakers, students develop a fascination with Japanese culture.

Modern Foreign Languages are in demand and add distinction to any personal profile. 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. The 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. GCSE and A Level students are matched with qualified teachers who have experience of the exam board and administer oral examinations in schools.

Lessons improve the quality and accuracy of the four language skills – speaking, reading, listening and writing. 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, 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


  • Maria L

    Maria L

    "Learning a language empowers children to become global citizens".

    Maria is a native Spanish speaker and qualified Modern Languages teacher. She has over 10 years of experience teaching at prestigious independent boarding schools, including Woldingham School and Sherborne Girls’ School. Teaching children from Key Stage 3 - 5, Maria has successfully prepared them for I/GCSEs, A Level and IB Spanish exams. As a Spanish citizen, Maria has a personal interest in the Hispanic cinema, literature and music. In lessons, she helps children to immerse themselves in the language and explore the history and culture of Spain. Maria holds a first class degree in Business Management and PGCE teaching qualification.

  • Juliette


    "Languages are bridges into new and exciting worlds."

    Juliette is an enthusiastic linguist, avid traveller, and qualified Modern Foreign Languages teacher. She speaks four languages - French, English, Spanish and Romanian - and currently teaches GCSE and A Level French and Spanish at a school in South East London. In addition to classroom teaching, Juliette is a qualified yoga teacher and delivers mindful Year 10 classes as part of her school’s extracurricular programme. She holds a BSc in International Relations and History, and MA in International and World History, from the London School of Economics. She was awarded a PGDE teaching qualification by the Institute of Education, University College London.

  • Hugo


    "Languages enable you to meet new people and discover new cultures."

    Hugo graduated with a BA in French and German from Bristol University in 2019. Following this, he went on to complete his PGDE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French and German). Hugo holds 2 years of classroom experience and 5 years of tutoring experience, supporting students of varying ages and abilities across Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5. At his most recent school, Hugo also held the role of MFL Teaching Lead. Hugo is currently studying for a Master’s in Education and Technology at University College London.

  • Jessica D

    Jessica D

    "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 becoming part of the Golden Circle network 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.

  • Florence


    "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.

  • Lewis


    "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.

  • Harriet M

    Harriet M

    "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.

  • Annie


    "French is a language that opens doors."

    Annie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class degree in Classics and French. She qualified as a Modern Languages teacher through the Teach First programme in 2017 and received an ‘Outstanding’ grade for her PGCE teaching qualification. Annie has taught French at a school in central London for 3 years, where she is also the Key Stage 3 coordinator. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education at University College London.

  • Tarandeep


    "Learning another language is not only about different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."

    Tarandeep is an experienced Modern Foreign Languages teacher, specialising in French, German and Spanish. She holds 3 years of classroom experience teaching these languages at GCSE and A Level at a school in North London, where she was also Assistant Head of Year 9. In addition to these modern languages, Tarandeep also speaks Punjabi, Hindi and Sawhili. She now works as a full time private tutor and specialises in one-to-one and group tuition online. Tarandeep holds a BA in Law and French from Cardiff University and a PGCE teaching qualification.

  • Lidia


    "Our students discover the advantages of learning a Germanic language. It leads to a fuller understanding of the European world."

    Lidia is a native Italian speaker and enthusiastic polyglot. She has taught Spanish, German and French at a school in central London since 2016, where her students have achieved excellent GCSE and A Level results. She brings her love of languages and cultural insight to every lesson, making learning accessible and enjoyable for her students. Lidia holds a degree in Languages for International Communication, a PGCE teaching qualification, and an MA European Cultural Studies from St Andrew’s University.

  • Alice L

    Alice L

    "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!

  • Lindsay


    "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.

  • Lily


    "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.

  • Lucy J

    Lucy J

    "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, it goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

    Lucy graduated with a degree in Modern Languages (French, Spanish and Italian) from Durham University. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme in 2017 and has 5 years of classroom experience in London schools. Here she taught French at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Spanish at Key Stage 5. Lucy currently works as a full-time private tutor, specialising in online tuition and small group lessons.

  • Annabel


    "We learn a language for the love of languages."

    ​​Annabel is a qualified and experienced Spanish teacher. She is bilingual in Spanish and has taught GCSE and A Level Spanish for 7 years at Oakham School and Oundle School, achieving excellent results. Annabel holds an undergraduate degree from Edinburgh University and an MA in International Relations. She holds a PGCE teaching qualification from Warwick University.

  • Miranda


    "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.

  • Megan


    "Speaking Chinese unlocks a gateway to 5,000 years of amazing history and culture."

    Megan holds a BA and MA in Chinese from Yantai University. Megan is a qualified teacher of Mandarin, with 5 years teaching experience both in the UK and internationally in China, Pakistan, and Mongolia. She holds teaching experience at top nurseries, prep schools and secondary schools and most recently taught Mandarin and English at Wellington College, China. Megan currently works as a full time Mandarin Tutor and focuses on using a variety of teaching approaches to create a diverse and lively learning environment for young students.

  • Jingjing


    "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.

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