Alastair.wilkes
Mr Wilkes – Head of French

What is your role at Pinewood? I am Head of French, a Year 5 tutor and in charge of Trips and Visiting Workshops.

What is your favourite place in France? Paris. I was lucky enough to work there for 3 months and it was such a great place to live.

What is your favourite French food? Soupe de poisson.

Do you speak any other languages? I also studied German at university and have taught German both at Pinewood to scholars and at my previous school.

What is your most memorable moment teaching French at Pinewood? I forgot to press record on a brilliant CE oral and had to ask the pupil to do it again. She was equally awesome second time around, much to my relief!

What do you like doing in your free time? I love watching sport and occasionally try and beat Mr A-G at golf but rarely succeed!

Mr Acheson-Gray

What is your role at Pinewood? Deputy Head, Head of Upper School, Year 8 form tutor and French teacher.

What is your favourite place in France? The Ile de Ré – it has everything you love about France, beautiful beaches, pretty towns and villages, and markets every day of the week.

What is your favourite French food? Assiette de charcuterie.

Do you speak any other languages? I did Spanish for A Level, so still speak a bit of that, and as I taught in Kenya for 3 years, I also speak a little bit of Swahili.

What is your most memorable moment teaching French at Pinewood? Witnessing Year 8 children on the Leavers’ trip to the Pyrenees use their spoken French chatting to the local children and being very proud of their efforts.

What do you like doing in your free time? Lots of sport especially golf and going on long walks with my family and in the future with our puppy Chilli.

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Angelique.parmentier
Madame Parmentier

What is your role at Pinewood? French teacher, Head of Life Skills, Year 5 form tutor

What is your favourite place in France? Cagnes sur mer, near Nice. I just love being in the French Riviera.

What is your favourite French food? ‘Steak au poivre’ but I also love ‘Moules marinière’

Do you speak any other languages? Apart from teaching French to A’ Level earlier in my career, I also taught German to GCSE and Spanish to Year 9. When I lived in France, I also taught English as a Foreign language to French students at University.

What is your most memorable moment from your teaching career? When I returned to the UK, having lived in France for 6 years, I struggled to get a job due to being out of the system for so long. I decided to ‘put on’ a strong French accent in an interview only to get the job for a maternity cover where I had to keep my French accent on throughout my time at the school!!

What do you like doing in your free time? I love shopping and cooking with my daughter and playing on the VR with my son. I also love going abroad and visiting new countries and cultures. I also like to workout in the gym, getting on my spin bike and going skiing with my family and friends.