Language College

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart" says Nelson Mandela and so encapsulates the fundamental reason why we believe that learning languages should be at the centre of every community. Language learning and the resulting greater understanding and curiosity has the potential to change the fabric of communities, not only in the multilingual and international environment of London and the surrounding areas but everywhere where people come together regardless of their origin and linguistic background.

For many years Hockerill College has encouraged and supported foreign language learning in the community and will continue to do so in the future. We are always available to advise colleagues and offer collaboration on special events. Apart from language acquisition our aim is to raise an interest in foreign languages and cultures, change attitudes towards foreign languages and prevent inhibitions in young learners. 

Our own sixth form students also contribute to the delivery of modern foreign languages in the community by visiting several primary schools once every two weeks as part of their Creativity, Action and Service Programme, which is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate Course. Our IB students use their foreign language skills to inspire the youngsters and support primary schools in their teaching. 

This community support is extended still further by the after school primary language classes which we offer. Classes run once a week in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. The enormous popularity of these classes confirms our strong belief that young people find language learning not only enjoyable but also inspiring. For class registration details see the registration box on the home page from April to the end of June. 

Finally, we offer foreign language adult evening classes here at the College in Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese   which enjoy great popularity and provide not only our own parents but all members of the local community the opportunity to benefit from our expertise in teaching foreign languages. These communicational classes enable first timers to start learning a new language and also allow those with language skills to maintain or develop them further in a friendly and stimulating environment. Registration for these classes is also via our home page from July to September. 



The Language College is committed to the provision of language learning in our local community.

This provision is varied and reflects a commitment to lifelong learning from primary school through to adult education.  The Language College's long established Primary language classes provide extra tuition in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and Japanese for local children.

The aim is to show that language learning is fun and communicating can be easy. The teachers use our target language method and our sixth formers help in class, providing useful experience for them and extra fun for the younger ones. The classes cost £40 per year. The registration system is on our home page under ' Primary School Classes ' from the end of April until the end of June when registration will be closed. 

After registration please call 01279 658451, ask for the Finance Department and make the payment for the class you have chosen via a debit or credit card. Your registration will not be complete until payment is made.

Please note that attendance at a language class in Year 5 and/or 6 is not taken into account should you decide to apply for a Year 7 place for your child at Hockerill. The published oversubscription criteria are used should there be more applicants than places available.

Foreign Language Support in the Community

For many years now the Language College has supported the teaching of French in the local community. We provide language professionals to our Primary partners promoting language learning in the area as a whole. Staff training in the provision of French is offered to a number of partner primary schools.

Adult Language Classes

We are delighted to be able to offer classes in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese to Adult learners in the evening subject to demand. Registration is through the Adult class box on the home page, which will be available when we are next taking registrations (July 2018). The classes run from 7pm to 9pm and concentrate on communication skills and there are 10 classes per term. 


For further information call Chris Smith on 01279 713946. 




Primary Language Classes


We will be once again providing clubs for children in Years 5 and 6 who wish to learn French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin. Languages are taught through a variety of activities:- crafts, games and drama.

There will be a charge of £40 for a year’s classes, for administration and materials which is payable at the time of application.

A place is not confirmed until payment has been received at the College (credit/debit card payments, cheques made payable to HAEC are preferred). Please bear in mind that these classes are intended as an introduction to the language, so if your child is already learning one of these languages, please choose another.

Please note places are allocated on a first come, first served (and paid) basis.




Classes will run from





Monday and Thursday


Tuesday and Wednesday



Terms and Conditons can be found below, and must be read prior to applying for a place.

Please CLICK HERE for an application form, and to make a payment please call the College on 01279 658451 and ask for Finance.

The list will be closed on Friday 22nd June 2018 or earlier if the classes are full.

If you have any queries, please contact Chris Smith at: or call: 01279 713946.

Please note that attendance at these classes has no bearing on whether a place will be offered to your child for Year 7, the published oversubscription criteria are used should there be more applicants than places available.