Do­ing a fan­tas­tic job in any lan­guage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

A DEPUTY prin­ci­pal has been nom­i­nated for the Pride of Bucks em­ployee/ busi­ness per­son of the year award for sin­gle­hand­edly run­ning The Lit­tle Lan­guage Academy.

Deb­bie Lo­max, 51, of Farn­ham Com­mon, has run the LLA since De­cem­ber 2014. The Academy pro­vides fun and in­ter­ac­tive French lessons to pre-school and pri­mary school chil­dren be­tween the ages of two and 10.

Mrs Lo­max and her ded­i­cated team have been teach­ing young chil­dren the French lan­guage in schools, nurs­eries and com­mu­nity cen­tres in Ger­rards Cross, Chal­font St Peter and Bea­cons­field.

She said: “I am de­lighted, it’s nice that all of our hard work has been recog­nised.”

She set up the LLA with a part­ner three years ago, but as she ex­plained: “I’ve been run­ning the com­pany my­self since Christ­mas. Be­fore then, I had a part­ner, but that part­ner­ship dis­solved. Since I took over the busi­ness, it has ac­tu­ally grown.

“Since run­ning the com­pany on my own I have started teach­ing two classes per week at Brind­ley House day nurs­ery in Bea­cons­field, an af­ter-school class in Chal­font St Peter and a

AM­BI­TIOUS: Deb­bie Lo­max runs Lit­tle Lan­guage Academy for chil­dren fur­ther class for three­year-olds at The Me­mo­rial Cen­tre in Ger­rards Cross.

“I have also ex­tended and up­graded the ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered at our hol­i­day camps to in­clude longer hours for work­ing par­ents and the in­tro­duc­tion of ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties such as dance and drama work­shops.”

Mrs Lo­max, who is also the deputy prin­ci­pal at Chal­font St Peter Montes­sori school, is pleased with the com­pany’s progress, but she re­mains ex­trem­ley am­bi­tious.

She said: “We are look­ing to ex­pand. We are go­ing to take on baby classes and pro­vide classes to chil­dren in lower age groups. We cur­rently teach chil­dren be­tween the ages of two and 10, but we will start teach­ing chil­dren younger than two and in­tro­duce classes to ba­bies as young as nine months old.

She added: “There is a lot of re­search that says the younger the child is, the more ben­e­fi­cial it is to in­tro­duce them to a for­eign lan­guage.”

Em­ployee/busi­ness per­son of the year nom­i­nee – spon­sored by B P Collins

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