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École des Roches staff are among the best education leaders and teachers in France and in the world.


Our senior leadership team and teachers are inspiring educators who will make an essential difference to your child's education.

Many of our teachers are subject specialists.

Lifelong learning for teachers

We're passionate about constant professional growth.

All of our teachers take part in professional development to make sure they are up to date with the latest education techniques and methods.



Mr Joe Holroyd - Deputy Head (Academic)

This role has been created with a particular focus on supporting and reinforcing the quality of teaching and learning at all levels across the School.

Mr Holroyd is formerly the IB Coordinator at the Canadian International School in Hong Kong where he also led the Pedagogical Leadership Team. He taught IB Theory of Knowledge, IB English, Film and Drama as well as IB Psychology and Philosophy. He also coached boxing and basketball and led the school's Debate Team as well as running its annual Film Festival. Prior to this role, he was the Head of Department of Theory of Knowledge at the NIST, Thailand, and Head of English at Yew Chung International School in Shanghai and a Teacher of English in the UK.

In addition to the above Mr Holroyd holds positions as an IB Examiner, School Evaluation/Accreditation Visitor and Workshop Leader. He has also developed and led webinars for the IB, specialising in interdisciplinary learning, and presented at the last two IB World conferences, in addition to various other global conferences (EARCOS, AISC, ARARTE). He has a degree in Counselling from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Fine Arts from City University Hong Kong and holds a Master of Arts in Literature and Philosophy, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Sussex in the UK. He has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and regularly publishes to the educational community in various professional journals. Recent CPD completed have included leadership training on Improving Schools at Harvard’s Principle’s Centre, Coaching for Educational Leadership with Growth Coaching International, and a .be mindfulness teaching qualification with MiSP.

Mr Holroyd, who is trained as an accreditation team member for the Council of International Schools (CIS), also has significant experience as a mentor to trainee teachers on the University of Sussex PGCE Programme, where he holds the position of Associate Fellow as a senior mentor. This involved conducting extensive admissions interviews and exit interviews/viva’s, in addition to core mentoring responsibilities. He is married to Nicole.



Dr Eric Demoncheaux - Teacher of Chemistry and Physics

Dr Demoncheaux, a French national, holds a Bachelor of Science Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie from the University of Artois, a Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Greenwich in the UK and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. Since 2006 he has worked at Battle Abbey School, a leading independent school in the UK, where he was Head of Science, teached Chemistry and Physics and was Head of the Day House before joining EdR. He also held the position of Deputy Head of Boarding for 7 years.

Prior to joining the teaching profession Dr Demoncheaux, who is bilingual (English/French), was responsible for the undergraduate Chemistry course at Bader International Study Centre in the UK affiliated to Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He was a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sciences and Technology in Lille and Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in the UK where he taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology at graduate and undergraduate level. He has also been a Graduate Research Assistant at both Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge.

Dr Demoncheaux, who is married with two children, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Examiner in both Chemistry and Physics for a number of examination boards in the UK.


Mr Jamie Brown – Teacher of Mathematics and Outdoor Education


Prior to joining EdR, Mr Brown was teaching Mathematics at all levels up IB Diploma level at the International School of Geneva. He also taught Science (Physics) and Mathematics in both Australia and in Switzerland and was a teacher at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Officer Training School in Australia where he specialised in Environmental Survival, Leadership and Team Building, High Performance Psychology, and Aeronautics. Mr Brown also mentored student pilot’s and coached junior officers within the RAAF.

He is a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which develops leadership skills in young people and leads Wilderness Expeditions. A keen triathlete, mountaineer and cyclist, he is also a teacher and professional competitor of Martial Arts, winning the King of Thailand’s Cup as the senior trainer to the Australian Martial Arts team.

In his earlier career he held posts as an Operational Airforce Pilot, as Director of Aviation, Safety, Search and Rescue and as a Chief Designer of Aeronautical Flight Procedures for the Royal Australian Air Force.

Mr Brown holds a PGCE International from Durham University in the UK, an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the IBO, a Master’s Degree of Engineering with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He also holds the Advanced Diploma in Aviation, and a Diploma of Government Management from the Royal Australian Air Force, graduating with Distinction. He is married with two children.


M. Paul Bold - Mme Anne Staffen-Bold


Boarding House Parents, Teachers of Chemistry and French, University Counsellor and Trainer in International Boarding Standards


Prior to joining EdR, Mr and Mrs Bold worked at the Institut Montana Zugerberg, a leading private school in Switzerland.

Mr Bold held responsibility for Careers Guidance, University Admissions and Extra-curricular Activities. Prior to this he was a residential Houseparent (along with his wife) at St Gilgen International School in Austria where he also taught IB Diploma Chemistry and Physics on the Pre-IB Course. Before moving overseas, he was a resident Boarding House Tutor and Teacher of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy at Headington School in Oxford and resident Boarding House Tutor and Teacher of Chemistry at St Edmund’s School in Canterbury, both leading independent schools in the UK.

In terms of professional mentoring, he has some experience as a subject mentor for sciences, having held this responsibility earlier in his career.

He holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and a PGCE in Chemistry with Physics from Canterbury Christchurch University College in the UK. He and his wife Anne have two young children.

Mrs Staffen-Bold, who is French, was Deputy Head of Boarding and Housemistress for Senior Boys at Institut Montana Zugerberg in Switzerland. Prior to this she was Housemistress for Senior Boys and Girls at St Gilgen School in Austria and, in the UK, held the posts of Housemistress for Senior Girls at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury and at Headington School Oxford where she also taught French to IB Diploma level.

She holds a PGCE in Modern Languages from the University of Lancaster in the UK, a Masters in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Strasbourg as well as a ‘Licence’ in French as a Foreign Language and the DEUG Degree in Modern Literature, both from the University of Strasbourg.

Mrs Staffen-Bold also holds the Boarding Association Leadership Diploma from the UK.


Mr David Gloucester - Teacher of History, Global Politics, World Religions and University Counsellor

Mr Gloucester holds a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Studies (History) and Classics from the University of Surrey in the UK and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (History) from the University of Buckingham, also in the UK. In addition, he holds a Master of Studies in History from the University of Cambridge, a Diploma in Penology from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in Property Management and Global Marketing from the Royal Agricultural College in the UK.

Prior to joining EdR, Mr Gloucester was a teacher of History and Religious Studies, supported the Geography Geo-Politics course and was boarding house tutor at Stamford Endowed Schools, a leading independent school in the UK where he also coached debating and was the staff member responsible for university liaison with Cambridge University. David has experience in boarding, have been both a boarding tutor and undermaster at Stamford, and he enjoyed supporting new staff in the boarding community. As well as being a former rugby player he was a member of his university rowing team and a polo player. David is also Alumni Officer advising on pathways into teaching for Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

Prior to taking up a career in teaching Mr Gloucester was a professional surveyor.


Mr James Fowler – Primary/Middle School Teacher of Drama, Sport and English


Mr Fowler joined Ecole des Roches in August 2018. He holds a degree in Drama from The University of Exeter UK, a diploma in acting from The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London as well as a PGCE qualification from the University of Buckingham UK.

Mr Fowler will be working in the primary section of the school, where he will teach Drama, Sport and English and he will also be teaching Drama and Sport to some of the middle school pupils.

He has been a teacher for eight years and previously worked as an actor and Art Director for TV and film in the UK and Europe.

Mr Fowler has taught for five years at Moulsford, a leading prep school in Oxfordshire UK. He has also worked in an international context at Marlborough College Malaysia. Mr Fowler has considerable experience in the boarding aspect of the schools in which he has worked and was a Duty Team Leader at a junior boarding house in Malaysia.

He will not only be looking to bring Drama to year groups in which it did not appear on the curriculum, but also to work closely with the RELAIS and activities programmes to broaden the scope of what the pupils at Ecole des Roches may expect to be offered beyond the classroom.


Mr Paul Dunbar – Teacher of Theory of Knowledge and English

Mr. Dunbar is a highly experienced ToK teacher. He holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at St Mary’s College in the UK.

Mr Dunbar was teaching in leading secondary schools in the UK (Whitgift School, Stockport Grammar School, Manchester Grammar School) for two decades before starting an international career that led him to Northern Europe and Asia. Besides teaching, Mr Dunbar writes essays and articles about the history of science and is a keen musician (keyboard and drums).

Mr Dunbar will teach Theory of Knowledge and English in the IB Diploma Programme.




Mr Cyrille Flitti – Teacher of Mathematics & Physics

Mr Flitti holds a Post Graduate Research Degree in Numerical Analysis and CAD from École Centrale de Paris and a diploma from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He also has British Qualified Teacher Status.

Mr Flitti has extensive experience of teaching in international schools in the French, British and IB contexts. Prior to starting his international teaching career, Mr Flitti worked as a design and stress analysis engineer on maintenance systems for Ariane 5 motor systems. He also consulted on systems analysis for small and medium sized companies for more than ten years.

His teaching assignments led him to various countries such as England, China and Germany, where he taught Physics and Mathematics to pupils from KS3 up to A Level and IB Diploma Level.


Mrs Béatrice Le Rol-Demoncheaux – Houseparent

Mrs Demoncheaux, a French national, holds a degree from the Southern Connecticut State University and has spent most of her career in the United States and in Great Britain. Before joining Ecole des Roches, where she will be a houseparent in La Prairie, Béatrice, who is bilingual (English/French), worked for five years as a houseparent at Battle Abbey School in the UK.


Mrs Cécile Kientz – English Teacher

Mrs Cécile Kientz is a fully-qualified English language teacher who will teach in both college and lycée.


Mrs Dominique Lefèbvre – Teacher of Latin

Mrs Dominique LEFEBVRE holds an agrégation in Classic Literature and started her teaching career in Secondary Education before moving into Higher Education. Mrs Lefèbvre will teach latin to our senior pupils.


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