Ferdi McDermott, MA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, MCIL, FCollT, FRSA.
Ferdi McDermott founded Chavagnes International College in 2002 after several years in publishing and journalism. A modern languages graduate of the University of Edinburgh (Celtic, Scandinavian and French), Mr McDermott is Principal of the College and also teaches French, English and Religious Studies. He founded the international Catholic cultural journal St Austin Review in 2000 and continues to research and write on literary themes; he is currently undergoing doctoral research in Victorian poetry. Mr McDermott is a member and Provost of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Father Mark Lawler, BA, STB
Father Mark Lawler is a Scotsman who trained for the priesthood in Rome and is on secondment to Chavagnes International College from the Diocese of Leeds. He teaches Religion and is currently pursing doctoral research on the life and work of G.K. Chesterton. He resides at the College.
Jonathan Battye, MA (Oxon), MA (Dunelm), PGCE
Jonathan Battye read Litterae Humaniores (‘Greats’) at Oxford, before completing a postgraduate degree at Durham in Ancient Philosophy. He was awarded his PGCE from the University of Buckingham in 2013. He is a qualified trainer in First Aid and long-serving of member of St John Ambulance. He teaches Science, History and Classics and is married with four children who live at the College. He is Head of History and Classics, and Senior Tutor.
Caleb Saunders, BA(Hons)
Mr Saunders, a native of New Zealand, teaches History, Latin and English at the College. He is also Junior Tutor. Mr Saunders is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
John Hayes, MA (Oxon), MSc, PGCE
John Hayes graduated from Merton College, University of Oxford and continued there for his research degree. He worked for a year in industry before returning to Oxford for his teacher training, then worked for 14 years at the De La Salle College, Jersey. He has also taught in Spain and speaks Spanish and German. He has specialised in Mathematics and Science at Chavagnes since January 2003. Mr Hayes also coaches cricket and Cross Country at the College.
David Senosiain, Dip. de Maestro. (Navarra)
David Senosiain holds a teaching Diploma from the Pontifical University of Navarre, Spain. He previously taught at Chavagnes from 2007-2009 and returned in 2011 year as teacher of Spanish. He has been a scout for many years and is responsible for the College Scout Troop. He is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Nicholas Lloyd, MA (Cantab), PGCE, LTCM
Nicholas Lloyd graduated in the Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a senior engineer at British Aerospace for several years before moving into teaching. He holds a PGCE from the University of Buckingham and has taught at the College since Easter 2003. Mr Lloyd holds a Licentiate in Piano teaching from the Trinity College of Music. He is Assistant Choirmaster and teaches piano. His wife Christine is a veterinary surgeon who works locally. Over the years she has helped at the College with theatrical productions and some teaching, including German and Biology. They have four children, two of whom were educated at the College.
Thomas Conlon, BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr Thomas Conlon holds degrees from Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Bristol. He has taught Mathematics, Physics and Latin at the College since 2003 after a career in the telecommunications industry. After serving as Head Master from 2004-2006, he now continues to teach A-level classes part time. He writes regulary on scientific, historical and literary themes and recently published a book on the history of science:Thinking about Nothing: Otto von Guericke and the Magdeburg Expermients on the Vacuum, available from AMAZON.
Martin Gardey de Soos, M ès Lettres
Martin Gardey de Soos is a teacher of French who formerly taught in the the French system. He read Political Sciences at The Institut Catholique des Etudes Supérieures in La Roche sur Yon and Keel University. He is also a qualified table tennis coach.
Louis-Marie Larroque, MSc
Mr Larroque was trained in Chemical Engineering at the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse from 1993 to 1999. After pursuing a career in the renewable energy and water industries he moved into teaching in 2014. He teaches Mathematics throughout the school.
Mr Thomas Neal, BA, MPhil (Cantab)
Mr Neal is an internationally acknowledged musicologist, choral conductor, and church musician. He read music at Clare College, Cambridge as an undergraduate (BA Hons, 2012), and musicology as a graduate research student (MPhil, 2013). He has researched and written widely on music and liturgy in the sixteenth century, with a particular focus on the music of Giovanni Pierluigi ‘da Palestrina’. He has given papers at conferences both in the UK and abroad, and acted as editor and academic advisor for a number of early music ensembles. He is Director of Music and Choirmaster. Mr Neal is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Mr Patrick Breeze, BA (Hons)
Mr Breeze has taught English in Spain and England since 2009. A native speaker of Spanish and English, he holds a humanities degree from the Pontifical University of Navarre and also studied Philosophy for two years through the University of Salamanca. A keen sportsman, he played Rugby at University and is also a keen footballer, as well as enjoying Cycling, Tennis, Pelota, climbing mountains, walking and the outdoors in general. He teaches English, Spanish and Sport and is College Librarian. Mr Breeze is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Mr John Haggard, BA (Hons)
Mr Haggard is a Liberal Arts graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in the USA. He has previously taught at Holy Rosary Academy, Nebraska. He is now Director of Development and Teacher of Maths and Science at the College. He is also a keen film-maker and involves students in cinema and theatre projects at the College as well as assisting with Sport. Mr Haggard is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Mr Brendon Thomas, BA (Hons)
Mr Thomas, a Liberal Arts graduate of Campion College, Australia, teaches English, Maths, Science and Sport at the College, specialising in Basketball and Cricket. He is a member of the resident community of Fellows of the College, called the Company of St Gregory.
Joan McDermott, Cert. Ed.
Mrs Joan McDermott is a retired teacher resident at the College. She holds a Certificate of Education from the University of Southampton (LSU). She assists with the pastoral care of boys and often helps with additional tutoring in English or Mathematics. She was a founding member of the College in 2002.
Marie-Thérèse Cantala, PEGC.
Mrs Cantala is a retired teacher of Maths and Science who assists with the teaching of French as a Foreign Language.
Staff currently on sabbatical leave:
Michael Leach, BSc (Hons), Dip. Couns, MBPsS
Michael Leach holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Sport) degree from the University of Leeds. He is a member of the British Psychological Society. After several years coaching sports and working with disadvantaged children for a leading Children’s charity, he moved into teaching in 1997. He has taught English, RS, Psychology, KS3 Spanish and Sport in the UK state sector and prior to coming to Chavagnes was Head of Boys’ Sport and a Faculty Co-ordinator for Physical Education, Music, Art and ICT, at a private international school in Marbella, Spain. Mr Leach, is Vice Principal and Head of Sport. He teaches Sport, English and Spanish at Chavagnes. He enjoys reading and playing the guitar. He resides at the school, but is currently on leave until January 2016.
Sebastian Crawford, MA (Cantab), PGCE
Sebastian Crawford read history at Cambridge and holds a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. He taught History, Latin, Mathematics, Religion and English at the College from 2009 to 2014, and was latterly Head of History and Assistant Principal. He is currently on secondment to a seminary in Uganda as a teacher of English, but continues to be a member of the community of the Company of St Gregory and is due to return in summer 2016.