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Languages

Radley’s Modern Foreign Languages department is proud of its history of encouraging large numbers of boys to develop their language skills at (I)GCSE and A level.

The current Year 9 French curriculum offers an opportunity to consolidate work done at previous schools and aims to ensure the boys have a firm grammatical foundation for the IGCSE course. For those with no exposure to French before they come to Radley, there is the opportunity of starting French with us as beginners.

The syllabus in German and Spanish is ab initio in Year 9 with the aim of providing a good foundation for a 2-year IGCSE course. Those with knowledge of German or Spanish before they come to Radley can continue studying them in Year 9.

Our current provision

YearCompulsoryAdditional options
Year 92 European Languages from French, German and SpanishSuperset of 24 boys will do all three European languages.
Year 10 & 111 European Language (a choice of French, German or Spanish).Up to 2 more European languages to IGCSE and Mandarin preparing the HSK Level 2.
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Gabriela Ochoa
Gabriela Ochoa
Head of Modern Languages
I was born in Venezuela and came to the UK to do a Masters degree in History, Politics and Economics of Latin America at Oxford. I love sports and was a competitive swimmer for many years. I started teaching at Radley in 2007.
Andria Pancrazi
Andria Pancrazi
Head of French
A native of sunny Corsica, I moved to the UK five years ago to teach French at the University of Cambridge (Queens' College). After that, whilst completing a PhD in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Aesthetics and Translation Theory, I started teaching French at the University of Oxford (Jesus College and Oriel College). I am passionate about photography and I have been lucky to have my art featured in magazines and exhibitions internationally.
Oliver  Astley
Oliver Astley
Head of German
I joined Radley in 2019 after teaching at mixed boarding and day schools in Bromsgrove and Ripon, where I also served as a resident houseparent. Previously a freelance translator and author of language learning materials, I travelled around Europe and found my spiritual home in Berlin following extended stays in Frankfurt and Austria as well as parts of Italy and Spain. In addition to languages and sociolinguistics, my interests include music, natural history and swimming. I hold a BA in German and Italian (UCL) and an MA in Translation, Creative Writing and Cultural Difference (Warwick).
Simon Barlass
Simon Barlass
Coordinator of Teaching and Learning
I am a graduate of Durham University where I studied French, Spanish and Russian at St. Chad’s College. I joined the Common Room at Radley in 1992 and have been Head of French since 2001. I believe very passionately in the importance of learning languages, in the civilising benefits they can bring and in the way they encourage boys to consider aspects of their lives that will allow them to grow as fulfilled human beings, as well as successful exam candidates. I enjoy teaching 19th century texts and try to include references to French works of art, music and general culture whenever possible in my lessons while maintaining an emphasis on grammatical precision and authentic pronunciation.
Simon Dalrymple
Simon Dalrymple
Master I/C of Cricket, Spanish Teacher
My cricket career started playing age group cricket for Buckinghamshire before moving to Radley. I was coached by ARW in the 1st XI and played for the Oxford University Centre of Excellence from 2001-05. This allowed me to combine my studies with playing cricket in the Parks and to test myself against First Class opposition. I received Blues in 2002 and 2004 and enjoyed the challenge of playing against Cambridge in the 4 day Varsity games as well as the chance to play at Lord’s. Since returning to Radley to teach I have coached the Colts 1st XI and 2nd XI and took over the cricket club in October 2013. It feels like my cricket has gone full circle now working with Wags and trying to ensure that the club goes from strength to strength both at elite level as well as continuing to offer the best cricketing experience for all. After studying A Levels in Spanish, French and History, I went to Christ Church Oxford to read French and Spanish. Following time in Guatemala I went to Madrid in 2004 and spent a year working in a law firm before returning to take my final exams. I specialised in the literature of conquest of the New World in my final year and continue to love the range of opportunity offered by studying Spanish. Seeing boys start Spanish from scratch and develop a solid grammatical foundation as well as a genuine love for the subject is hugely rewarding and the department looks to encourage this through regular Spanish society events as well as trips to Spain in the Lower School and 6th form.