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Mrs Catherine Bell, Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs Bell is a French native speaker, born and raised on a lovely French Caribbean island call Martinique. After obtaining her French baccalaureate in 2001, she then moved to Brittany, France, were she completed a degree, then a Maîtrise in Spanish Language, Literature and Civilisation. In 2008 she obtained her PGCE in Languages at the University of West England in Bristol.
She can speak 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, Creole, Portuguese and Mandarin), 5 fluently.

Trivia: Mrs Bell has a pet iguana called Dino.


Mrs Bell has broad experience in teaching from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5. She taught Spanish in France and in England. She also spent a year working as a French assistant in Spain (Cáceres, Extremadura). When she moved to the Isle of Wight in 2012, she first started to teach French at the Isle of Wight 6th Form College, she later spent 3 years working at Cowes Enterprise College.
For many years, Mrs Bell also worked as a freelance French translator for SIL International, a NGO promoting literacy around the world.

Mrs Bell’s goals…

I feel privileged to become part of such a thriving school. I aim to provoke interest and curiosity about the Hispanic and French world. I am very creative and love teaching through games and group activities. I would like to help pupils broaden their mind to the world around them, and as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”

Mrs Bell

Mrs Catherine Bell

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages



French Baccalaureate

Degree and Masters in Spanish Language, Literature and Civilisation

PGCE in Languages – University of West England, Bristol

Pupil progress

Expectations of pupil progress

A progress measure identifies improvement in learning and therefore is a good measure of the impact an individual teacher has had on a pupil or class. Pupils are expected to make a minimum of 3 points’ progress in each subject each year. As part of teacher appraisals we will report on the average progress made by classes taught by each of our teachers. An average of three points is the expected progress measure. A progress measure of 4 points or more highlights good to outstanding teaching and learning. All progress measures at the Island Free School are taken from externally marked or moderated exams taken at the end of the year. Due to the fact that even the most able pupils began year 7 with little knowledge of Science, progress in year 7 may appear superficially high.

Mrs C. Bell – Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.

Average Progress:
All pupils taught: 8.6
Girls: 8.4
Boys: 8.8
Free Schools Meals pupils: 9.3
Pupil Premium: 9.7
SEN pupils: 9.0

Contact info

Got a question? Email Mrs Bell

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