Head: Mr Phillip Stapleton
I left France to teach in England in 1999 and moved from Surrey to Devon in 2003. I have been teaching French at West Buckland since 2007 and was, for many years, a tutor in the Courtenay house.
I teach French from Y7 to Y13 and I have taught French and Spanish in the Prep School. Teaching young people at West Buckland is a real pleasure and I feel very privileged to be part of their learning. I love my job and seeing the children gain confidence in French is highly rewarding. I also see French students in Y10/11/12/13 for conversation sessions on a regular basis.
In addition to my teaching role, I have taken part in the ski trip several times, the Spanish trip in Gredos and the French trip in Normandie. I have also run the French film club for many years, but I have introduced French debating club this year which is well attended and very much enjoyed by my sixth formers.
Outside of school, I am a busy mum of 3 boys and my hobbies are walking with my dogs, yoga, reading, gardening, and skiing. I also very much enjoy good food and fine wine: seafood and cheese are always on the menu! I feel very lucky to be living by the sea and in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I enjoy all types of holidays (my favourite will have to be skiing) but after spending many summers camping with my sons in Cap Ferret near Bordeaux, I am now ready to travel the world and explore a bit more.