Modern Languages Department


Mr Ian Walton, MA
Senior Head of Languages

Head of German and IB English B
Master i/c Chess

Mr Ian Walton is Senior Head of Language and Head of German. He joined Brentwood School in 1993. He has an MA in Modern History and Modern Languages from St Peter’s College, Oxford University.  He teaches German, French and English and runs a number of foreign educational visits and School chess.

Mrs Nadine Piejko, BTS, B.Ed.
Head of French
Teacher of German

Mrs Piejko is a French Native Speaker with 21 years of experience in the profession having been Head of French in her previous school for 15 years and International Co-ordinator in the same school for 5 years. She enjoys teaching and is looking forward to taking part in educational visits. She is a keen swimmer and loves reading for pleasure. In addition to her teaching role, she is a 2nd year form tutor.

Dr B Priest, BA Hons, MPhil
Head of Italian
Teacher of French and Spanish

Mrs Jing Rodgers, BA, MSc
Head of Chinese

Mrs Rodgers is Head of Chinese. She joined Brentwood School in 2014, having previously worked at City of London School for Girls and St Edward’s School.  She has a Master degree in Science, Culture and Communication and dual bachelor degrees in Applied Languages as well as Business and Trade.  In addition to teaching in the Senior School, she also works in the Prep School.  She loves Chinese and English literature and films, hiking, cycling and cooking.

Mr Glenn Smith, BA, MA
Head of Spanish
Teacher of IB English B

Mr Smith joined Brentwood School in 2016, having previously taught at Havering Sixth Form College.

Mr Mathias Bauer, MA
Teacher of German
Head of EAL
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Leader​


Mrs Caroline Bowley, BA, MA
Teacher of French

Mr John Bowley, MA Maîtrise
Teacher of French & German
Master i/c Oxbridge
Cover Administrator

Mr John Bowley is currently teaching French, German, English and Critical and Creative Thinking. He joined Brentwood School in 2004, having previously taught at Abingdon School and Bromsgrove School. He has a degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from St Anne’s College, Oxford University, a Maîtrise in French as a Foreign Language from Strasbourg University, and a P.G.C.E. from Nottingham University. In addition to his teaching, he responsible for Oxbridge Entry and Speech Day Prizes and is a 2nd Form tutor.

Miss Reina Campbell, BA
Teacher of French & Spanish

Miss Reina Campbell is currently teaching Spanish and Creative & Critical Thinking. She joined Brentwood School in 2008. She has a degree in Hispanic Studies from King's College, London and then gained her PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) from the Institute of Education, London. In addition to her teaching, she is a Fourth and Fifth Year tutor and organises the Spanish Exchange trip to Seville.

Mr Florian Cooper, BA
Director of Music
Teacher of German

Mrs Laetitia Dearmer-Decup, BA
Teacher of French & German

Mrs Dearmer-Decup is currently teaching French and German. She joined Brentwood School in 2004 having previously taught at St Martin’s School. She has an English Literature and Civilisation Degree from the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier (France). In addition to teaching French and German, she also teach Creative and Critical Thinking and Learning Development. She is a 5th year tutor and assists with the 2nd year junior clubs.

Mrs Alison Hall, BA
Teacher of German, French and Dutch

Mrs Hall is currently teaching German, French and Dutch. She joined Brentwood School in 2018, having previously taught at the Anglo-European School. She studied modern languages at the University of Reading, University of Vienna and completed her PGCE at King’s College, University of London. She looks forward to participating in educational visits.


Mrs Nicola Jenkin, BA, MA
Teacher of French & German
Senior Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Jenkin is Senior Deputy Head responsible for pastoral care.  She is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Senior School and is a member of the German department.  Mrs Jenkin holds an MA from Cambridge in Modern Languages and started her teaching career in 1989. Before joining Brentwood in September 2013 she gained experience as a resident boarding tutor at King Edward’s School, Witley, worked as a modern languages teacher at St Albans’ High School for Girls, the Almaty International School in Kazakhstan and Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School and was then appointed as Head of German and Deputy Head of Sixth Form at St Helen’s School, Northwood. She moved to Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey, in 2007, to become Head of Sixth Form and the member of the Senior Leadership team responsible for teacher training.

Miss Christine Lacotte, BA
Teacher of French

Mme Lacotte is a native French speaker from South of France who studied English and Russian at Universite Toulouse le Mirail.  Before completing her teacher training she worked as a translator/interpreter for Social Services and the Immigration Department. She joined Brentwood School in 2014. In summer she likes to go to France where she enjoys cycling and spending time with her friends at Jazz in Marciac. She also loves reading both French and English literature.

Mrs Miriam Morris, BA, MA Maîtrise
Teacher of French & German

Ms Kathleen North, BA
Teacher of German, French and EAL


Mrs Qinrun Oztoprak, AAT3
Teacher of Chinese

Mrs Irene Penalver-Edwards, BA
Teacher of 

Mrs Penalver- Edwards went to the Universities of Murcia and Essex and completed her teacher training at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. She joined Brentwood School in 2004 after working in a school in Hertfordshire. She loves reading and going to the cinema.      

Miss Beatrice Selfridge, BA (OB)
Teacher of French

Mrs Solange Roast, BEd
Teacher of French & Spanish

Mrs Roast is currently teaching French and Spanish. She joined Brentwood School in 2000, having previously taught at Gaynes School. She has an English degree from Caen University in France and then gained a Bachelor of Education from Anglia Polytechnic University. In addition to her teaching, she is a 4th & 5th year tutor and organises our annual French-Rugby exchange with Collège Saint Vincent De Tyrosse near Biarritz in France. Mrs Roast is a keen sportswoman, enjoys travelling, learning about new cultures and new languages.

Mrs Amy Wall, BA
Teacher of Spanish
Head of West House

Mrs Maria Watts-Jiménez, BA
Teacher of Spanish

Mrs María Watts-Jiménez is a Spanish teacher, having completed her teaching qualification at Brentwood. She joined the school in 2014, having previously taught privately and through schools and adult community colleges in Hertfordshire and Essex. She has a Psychology degree from Santo Tomas University in Colombia. In addition to her teaching role, she is a 1st year form tutor.

Mr Peter Laraway, BA
Modern Languages A/V Assistant

Mr Peter Laraway started at Brentwood School in 2013 as a part-time Technical Assistant in the Modern Foreign Languages Department.

Mrs Saida Kourout
French Languages Assistant>

Mrs Heike Sheppard
German Languages Assistant

Mrs Heike Sheppard is the German Language Assistant. She is a native speaker and joined Brentwood School in 1997, has taught within Adult Community Learning Essex and held a subject management position within this organisation. She obtained her teaching qualification with City and Guilds.

Mrs Elizabeth Walsh, MA
Spanish Languages Assistant