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 specialised 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 for the school.

Louis Mabille, M ès Lettres

Louis Mabille is an experienced teacher of history in the French private sector. He is currently teaching French and History to the French boys at Chavagnes whilst pursuing doctoral research at the Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures.

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.

New teachers for academic year 2020-2021

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

Mr Martland joins us this year as 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 (Hons.) Classics, MSt (Oxon) 

Mr Marshall joins us from The Oratory School in Oxfordshire, where he has been teaching GCSE Mathematics, Theology and Latin. He has a keen interest in the Antiquities, and a real enjoyment of teaching mathematics. Mr Marshall has also privately tutored students from a range of ages and abilities online and in-person. He is teaching Mathematics, Physics, Latin, Spanish and Music across Key Stage 3 and 4.

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 a ‘civic service volunteer’ this year, helping with cultural, sporting and outreach activities. He is also studying English at the College.

Charles Eric Lorin is a ‘civic service 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.

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