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Who are we?

Vanessa and TimVanessa:

I gained my degree in French from the University of Reading, during which time I also spent a year in France, in Orléans. Here I gained my love of teaching from my work as an English language Assistant at the Lycée de la Source.

After graduating, I worked for Air France at Heathrow Airport for a short time. This was a wonderful opportunity to continue to hone my French language skills on a daily basis but it was not my vocation.

I went back to university and gained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Reading.

My first full time teaching post was at the John Hunt of Everest School in Basingstoke. After five years there I moved into the private sector. I was appointed Teacher of French at Downe House School, a high achieving all girls’ public school in Berkshire, where I taught for 28 years. I became highly respected by both colleagues and pupils, achieving superb results for both the girls and the school. I have excellent references from both the school and private tutees.

I have also been a Guide Leader in the UK. I helped to set up and run a Girl Guide Unit in Thatcham, Berkshire. During this time I became the first and only Guide Leader in my area to gain a qualification for International trips. I successfully led two trips to Switzerland and one to France during my time with the Guides as well as helping with summer camps in the UK.

I am a keen social tennis player and swimmer.

Tim and I have been married since 1981. We have two daughters, both of whom are now working in the UK, having successfully graduated from their respective universities.


Is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Loss Adjuster with over 33 years of experience in the building and insurance industry.

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