Head of Department - James Burnet

Head of Modern Languages

A Yorkshire man at heart, even though he was born in Margate, James was educated at Pocklington School in East Yorkshire, then the University of St Andrews (MA in French and Spanish) and Moray House, Edinburgh (PGCE). He taught for just over three years at Forest School, north-east London, before moving to the relative calm of Loretto in January 2000. James is a passionate linguist, who loves the challenge of getting pupils speaking in different languages. He had a year away in Chicago in 2009-10, when he also learnt Italian, and so teaches that to GCSE along with French and Spanish to A level.

James is a very keen sportsman too – he spent many years in charge of Boys’ hockey at Loretto and coaching girls’ teams, but now coaches a junior boys team. He is an active member of Colinton Castle Squash Club, is Men’s Captain at Musselburgh Tennis Club (and coaches boys tennis at Loretto) and loves golf too and is a regular at Craigielaw Golf Club.