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Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2LD
Telephone: 020 8508 0404
Fax: 020 8508 9301

We are in easy reach from various methods of transport.

Buses: 20, 667
Underground: Debden, Theydon Bois or Loughton. All on the Central Line.
SATNAV users: IG10 2LW. Parking at Davenant is available for visitors.
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Peripatetic Teachers

A Peripatetic is a "person who travels from place to place, especially a teacher who works in more than one school or college". These teachers travel into school and teach on predetermined days for set agreed hours every week for the 10 week term of lessons. Peripatetic teachers are not in school every day and often only one day a week.

At the beginning of term when the Tuition Forms have been completed by the parents for the students, the sign-up has closed, the hours are calculated and agreed by the Peripatetic teachers. These are then set for the remainder of the term. These teachers are paid a scheduled hourly rate so if your child does not attend a lesson which is scheduled - this will still be chargeable. 

Occasionally there will be events such as strikes, trips, Bank Holidays or illness which will disrupt lesson times and days.

If a Peripatetic teacher misses a lesson due to the above events or personal circumstance this will be rescheduled in the first instance, but if there is not enough term left, then lessons maybe refunded.

Profiles of our Peripatetic teachers at Davenant can be viewed below:

Patrick Williams 

Patrick teaches Piano, Keyboard and Trombone. 

Neil McGonagle

Neil has been teaching Acoustic, Electric Guitar and Bass at Davenant since 2010. In that time he has set up Rock and Pop bands, supported students with band and school ensemble repertoires, GCSE and A-Level performance exams, travelled on music tours as well as teaching grades.

He trained at the British Academy of New music and has spent years writing, performing, and recording original music solo, and in bands. He continues to play in function bands in a range of styles including Rock and Pop, Funk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Blues etc.  Neil delivers lessons to develop good technique, strong rhythmic awareness and improvisational skills.  

 Aaron O'Sullivan

Aaron teaches Drums, Music Theory and Trumpet at Davenant and previously has been a music teacher at the school. He teaches KS3 through to A-Level syllabus in West Essex, whilst closely working with Bands, Ensembles, Orchestra and Choir. Aaron studied Music at City University gaining a Distinction in DipABRSM in Instrumental Teaching as well as Grade 8 in Music Theory and then a PGCE in Secondary Music at UCL, Institute of Education.

Aaron has played Drums since the age of 8 and performing drums and trumpet since the age of 17 in many function bands, orchestras and ensembles in the London and Essex area. Performing in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Abbey Road Studios, Pinewood Studios, The Sage, Mermaid Theatre and LSO St. Lukes.

 Zoe Pilgrim

Zoe teaches Drama including LAMDA, Pop and Musical Singing at Davenant and her qualifications include: A.L.A.M, L.A.L.A.M & N.A.T.D. She also teaches modern and Tap dance.  She was trained at Sylvia Young Stage School and has been performing on both stage and screen for many years including Les Miserables, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Eastenders, and several Royal Variety Performances. She has also worked as director/choreographer on several productions and her work has been performed in theatres all across Europe.

Zoe has been a LAMDA teacher for 12 years with 100% pass rate and feels LAMDA is an integral part of building confidence, communication and life skills.

Joanne Davies

Joanne teaches violin and viola at Davenant and Coopersale Hall schools. She has a BA/MA in music, philosophy and education from Cambridge University.

She went on to freelance as a violinist, starting her career as solo violinist for touring Irish dance show 'Spirit of the Dance'. She now performs with various orchestras/ensembles and has toured and recorded with many famous artists including Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Russell Watson and Katie Melua. Her highlight was playing on the Brit Awards supporting the rock group Muse.

 Fru Chilvers

Fru teaches vocal lessons at Davenant as well as being Musical Director of Epping Forest Singers since 2014 and other vocal groups. She studied singing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and has enjoyed a solo career alongside leading local choirs. Fru loves working with younger people and has worked for ENO Baylis, The Unicorn Theatre and Spitalfields Festival on numerous education projects. 

Fru strongly believes in teaching good singing technique and brings her experience as a professional singer to the lessons.

 David Gould

David teaches flute and clarinet at Davenant. He has also been employed as a peripatetic music teacher with Essex Music Service since 1988 to present, teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano. He was a flute soloist and tenor saxophonist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for 8 years up to 1995.  Studying at the London College of music up to 1988, he passed three diplomas and won two performance prizes. 

Still actively runs a jazz Quartet as well as teaching. 

 Isaac Robertson

Isaac plays Tenor, Alto and Soprano saxophone and teaches all of these. He has a BA in Saxophone and a Masters in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London, with lots of experience in both live performance and recording in professional studios (Abbey Road, Lightship95, Hackney Road Studios), and his own studio in Hackney Downs. Being a very well versed improviser and regularly playing a number of different styles including but not limited to Jazz, Contemporary Classical, Rock, Pop, Funk, Blues and Free Jazz.

He can teach the grading system to Grade 8 level with ABRSM and Trinity but also how to improvise and express yourself through the saxophone, or how to write songs. His saxophone teaching practice relies on the principles of having a strong tone (your personal sound) and good time (your personal rhythmic feel), Isaac considers, these fundamentals are essential.

 Benjamin Carnell

Ben teaches Cello.

Nick Peters

Nick is an accomplished drummer with over 25 years of performing and teaching experience. Having studied at the Tech Music School and the London Centre of Contemporary Music, he went on to play for and record with a wide variety of bands including Bloc Party and The Reuben Richards Soul Train, with appearances on MTV and performing at venues including The O2 Arena, the Madjeski Stadium, Hackney Empire and Union Chapel, also holding residencies at the Jazz Café and Dover Street Wine Bar.

Nick teaches at his home studio and has been at Davenant since 2007 and has a 100% pass rate for students entering Trinity and Rockschool exams. His lessons have a strong focus on technical and rhythmic studies, reading notation and developing improvisational skills.

Guy Berry

Guy teachers Brass including trumpet, Cornet and Trombone. Guy has a degree at the Royal Academy of Music. He started playing the trombone at 10 years old, taught by his father John Berry and at the Bristol Schools Music Service.  After school, Guy joined the British Army and was a professional musician in the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers for 3 years, playing all over the world as well as taking part in educational workshops in schools and universities in Canada, Germany and all over the UK.

Guy has a passion for teaching and believes strongly that learning an instrument is a fantastic way for young people to gain a love for the arts, in addition to being highly beneficial for social and educational development, believing that everyone will have their own way of learning. He makes sure that each student receives an individual approach to their musical education.

Nicola Bright-Thomas

Nicola has worked as a vocal coach for the past 19 years and started at Davenant in January 2024. She has taught and continues to teach at various theatre schools, dance schools, primary schools and within the Further Education sector, as a vocal coach on Pop Idol, over 20 theatre productions and I also coach regularly at Summer and Easter Holiday theatre Schools. She also teaches private one to one tuition with children aged 5+ through to adults of all ages and abilities to achieve 100% pass rate to secure places at colleges such as Brit School, Arts Ed, Sylvia Youngs, Italia Conti, Collins, Performers, Access to Music, BIMM and Urdang. Several of her students have secured roles in West End shows and National Tours such as Billy Elliott, Joseph, Fiddler On The Roof, Young Scrooge, Caroline Or Change and The Railway Children and been finalists/ final 6/12 on TV shows: X-Factor, The Voice, National singing competitions: Open Mic, Live and Unsigned and gone to successful singing groups: The Saturdays and The Overtones.

Nicola has had a successful career herself since 1993, writing, singing and recording her own material used on adverts and touring with many bands and artists worldwide including Paul Weller and Norman Cook.

Oscar Ball

Oscar teaches guitar and oversees three of the school bands.