About Us

South Downs Language School

About South Downs Language School

The school has been providing English language courses for seven years. With three tutors, South Downs Language School is able to teach at all levels, to groups of all sizes.

Jenny Huggett BA Hons

Head Teacher & Principal

On graduating from University with a Linguistics degree, Jenny went straight into teaching English as a Foreign Language, a field in which she has remained, in one form or another, ever since.  She managed the Brighton office of one of the largest Language Schools in the private sector. Jenny also taught English as a Second Language in a state college.  Jenny also worked as Head of Department for English for Academic Purposes (preparing students for the IELTS exam) at an Independent Girls’ School.

Not only is she a qualified and experienced language teacher, Jenny also knows what it is like to be a language learner herself. She is fluent in both French and Spanish and has CEFR level B2 in German.  She has also enjoyed studying some basic Russian and Italian and has a good knowledge of Latin.  Recently she has embarked on a Japanese Language Course, inspired by a desire to better understand Japanese culture and to better communicate with the delegates from Ashikita Town Council who have been coming on a study tour with us every summer for the last 7 years.

Jenny has lived and worked in both France and Spain, working as a Teacher Trainer for State School Teachers of English. She also ran her own language school, teaching both adults and children.  In Spain, she also ran English Language Summer Camps for Spanish children.

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Clare Schruers

English Teacher

Clare studied languages at University and after graduating spent time living and working in both France and Switzerland.  She worked for many years as an international Conference Organiser and Personal Assistant before qualifying as an English Language teacher.

Clare absolutely loves the buzz of the English language classroom and is passionate about teaching this wonderful language to both adults and young learners.  Clare also enjoys organising our activities schedule and particularly likes showing off our beautiful local countryside to our students.

Mark Huggett BA Hons

English Teacher

Mark graduated from University with a joint Honours degree in English Literature and French.  He then went on to work in the Information Technology industry, where he worked for many years as a Computer Programmer and Project Manager for a large telecommunications company, before later qualifying to teach English as a Second/Foreign Language.

He is passionate about the English Language and is very knowledgeable about English Literature.