Francesca SimkinBA MPhil PhD

  • Head of Languages
  • English and French
Age Groups
  • Lower Years
  • Middle Years
  • Sixth Form

Francesca is half French, part British, and part American. She was born and grew up in central London, where she attended the Lycée Charles de Gaulle, St Paul’s Girls’ School, and Westminster School. She has degrees in literature from Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Chicago, and has taught English, French, and humanities to a wide range of students in many contexts and countries, including in Scandinavia and the Far East.

The primary goal of her teaching is to inspire a love of reading and to help children become confident, articulate, and intelligent thinkers. However, she also cares deeply about their happiness and wellbeing. In 2013, Francesca trained as a counsellor with the NSPCC and then worked at ChildLine for three years, answering calls and IMs on topics ranging from fights with best friends to bullying, loneliness, anxiety, self-harm, and bereavement.

In addition to teaching at HCH, Francesca edits and translates scholarly and academic books and is developing a textbook of literary reading passages for young learners.