Our Team

Meet our friendly experienced teachers

Dr Gillian Ni Cheallaigh PhD


I started learning languages for fun, and it gradually became serious business!  I have always been an avid language learner, growing up bilingual with English and Irish, soon adding a love for French and German. Following a Law degree and Masters in Journalism in Dublin, I started my career as an Irish-language newsreader, and went on to work as a TV and Radio reporter, newsreader and editor for BBC News and Current Affairs, across national and international TV and World Service Radio, including a period as British Affairs Correspondent for the World Service. A glutton for punishment, I returned to university study at King's College London, where I achieved a First Class Honours Degree in French (including two years of German), and kept going until I had a Masters in French language and literature (coming first in the class) and a PhD in French literature. I have published numerous journalistic and academic articles. I began teaching French language and literature at King's, where I taught full- or part-time for six years, and loved every minute. I am always excited to pass on my passion for languages and culture to others through Clapham Language School.

Philippa Michel Finch

Senior Tutor

My passion for languages began during my childhood: I would spend almost every Summer holiday in France with my parents. Later I was to build on this enthusiasm with an upper second class honours degree in Modern Languages (French and German) at Durham University, during which I spent a year in France teaching English to secondary school students. On graduation, I returned to Paris to start a career before firmly setting the “Entente Cordiale” in stone by marrying a Frenchman! Following a Masters in International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris, I worked in publishing, then as a bilingual researcher, editor and translator in international organisations, including the World Bank and the OECD. After gaining a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification in 2017, I began teaching at Clapham Language School in October of that year and have loved every minute of it. I find it so interesting to meet students from across the world, and to discuss and exchange opinions on current affairs or on other thought-provoking topics. Above all, it is immensely satisfying to help the students improve their English language skills, and to see them make progress and gain confidence in the language.

CLS Vacancy

English as a Foreign Language Teacher

We are looking for a friendly and enthusiastic person, local to the SW11 area, to join our team in January 2020.

Work within school hours and term-time only, part-time and highly flexible, including the option of teaching at home. 

Teaching small groups of au-pairs (up to 8 students max)

For further details please contact: gillian@claphamlanguageschool.com

or www.claphamlanguageschool.com