Teachers

Ferdi McDermott, MA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, FCCT, FRSA, FSA Scot.

Ferdi McDermott founded Chavagnes International College in 2002 after several years in Catholic publishing and journalism. A modern languages graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Mr McDermott  is Headmaster of the College and Rector of the Chavagnes Studium. He teaches French, Latin and English and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. He founded the international Catholic cultural journal St Austin Review in 2000 and continues to research and publish on literary themes; he is currently undertaking research in Victorian poetry and completing a doctorate in Education.

Patrick Long, BA(Hons), PGCE.

Patrick Long is our new Deputy Headmaster, and head of curriculum, teaching and learning. He is a graduate of celebrated Catholic liberal arts college, Campion College Australia and joined us in 2019 after five years teaching in the UK. Mr Long is Head of Religious Education and also teaches GCSE English. He lives in Chavagnes with his wife and their three children and is currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership with the University of Buckingham.

John Hayes, MA (Oxon), MSc, PGCE

John Hayes graduated from Merton College, University of Oxford and continued there for his research degree and teacher training. He has taught in the USA and Spain, and speaks Spanish and German. Mr Hayes began teaching at the college in 2003, and specialises in Mathematics.

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. 

Catherine M’Crystal-Fletcher, PGDBA, MOTP, PGDSI

Catherine M’Crystal-Fletcher teaches Science and English at the College. Her diverse professional background includes Paediatric Occupational Therapy, specialising in neuroscience, within schools, health clinics and homes, and tutoring Masters students. She is also the Matron of the College.

Louis Mabille, M ès Lettres

Louis Mabille is an experienced teacher of in the French private sector who teaches French and History to the French boys at Chavagnes whilst pursuing doctoral research at the Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures. He joined the College in 2017.

April Boyles, BA

April Boyles studied Costume Design at the University of Maryland and began teaching at the college in 2011. She is currently teaching Art and Design at the College, as well as English.

Denis Boyles, BA, MA

Denis Boyles, an experienced teacher and university lecturer, teaches English language and literature in the Studium. A professional writer, he has published many books and edited a number of publications in Europe and the United States. He began teaching in the College in 2007. He is completing a doctorate in biographical studies at the University of Westminster.

Nicholas Lloyd, MA(Cantab), PGCE, LTCM

Mr Lloyd has taught Chemistry, General Science and Music at the College since 2003 and now helps with the College choir. He is our resident organist.

Keir Martland, BA (Cantab.), Dip. SEND Teaching

Mr Martland is our resident Historian, with interests in heraldry, genealogy and music. He read History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and has delivered papers on History at international academic conferences. Mr Martland teaches History, Economics and English and is also a House Master.

Philip Marshall, BA (Dunelm), MSt (Oxon.), MCCT, FGMS

Mr Marshall graduated with a First class BA in Classics at Durham University, and a Distinction in an MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford. He joins us from The Oratory School, Oxfordshire to teach Maths, Physics, Latin, Spanish, and Music across Key Stages Three and Four. He is a House Master.

Liam Maguire, BA (Hons), PGCE

Mr Maguire works principally with choral and instrumental music at the College. With a 1st class Music degree and a teaching qualification in Secondary Music teaching, he taught Music to GCSE and A-level in Buckinghamshire for five years prior to moving to the Vendée in 2020.

Assistants for the 2020-2021 year

Antoine Bertier is a former pupil of the College and is currently a Masters student from the ECSP Business School in Paris. He is on a work placement this year assisting with coaching in Mathematics, Economics, Science and French as a Foreign language. He is also helping us with our marketing strategy.

Vincent Thomas is helping us as a volunteer this year, helping with cultural, sporting and outreach activities. He is also studying English at the College.

Charles Eric Lorin is helping us a volunteer this year and a former pupil of the College. He is helping with cultural, sporting and outreach activities. He is also studying part time for a Bachelors in International Business Management from McGill University, Canada.

Antoine Bureau is helping us a volunteer this year. He is coaching extra French to foreign learners, organising debates, theatre and scouts. He is a final year Masters student in Literature and Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in “Lettres Modernes”.

Interested in working with us?

Formal expressions of interest may be sent to headmaster@chavagnes.org, with a brief introduction, cover letter and CV.


For an informal conversation about the school, contact plong@chavagnes.org to arrange a phone or a video call.

All applicants must be committed to serving the mission of the school.
We adopt safer recruitment practices and applicants undergo rigorous background checks for every country they have worked and resided in. We also verify references and qualifications before positions are formally offered.

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