Welcome to the British School Algiers
Since I first visited Algeria in the early 1970s, I have come to regard Algeria as my second home. So, having spent all my professional life in education, I am delighted that there is now a British international school in Algiers.
In March 2020, the Algerian and British Governments agreed a Memorandum of Understanding which allows the establishment of the first British School in Algeria, offering a British curriculum to the children of British, Algerian and other foreign nationals. Whilst the medium of instruction is English, central to the School's mission is its respect for Algerian culture and the teaching of the Arabic language. We are the British School in Algiers.
Having opened on 2nd November 2020, we are now in our second year. The British School Algiers delivers an excellent curriculum together with stimulating, quality teaching which has established a learning culture that embraces best international practice. Our students are developing a global perspective which is one of empathy, tolerance and inclusion. Acting with integrity, and, treating everyone with dignity, irrespective of position, are fundamental principles on which the School is based.
I would like to thank the many people who have given their support and encouragement to make this happen. From the British Embassy, HM Ambassadors Martyn Roper, Andrew Noble, Barry Lowen and, most recently, Sharon Wardle and their respective teams. From the Algerian government, I would like to acknowledge the encouragement over many years from the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Algerian Embassy and Consular staff in London.
There are many others who I could mention but, in particular, I would like to thank Lord Risby, the British Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Algeria and Lady Olga Maitland, the Chairman of the Algerian British Business Council both of whom have provided sustaining encouragement throughout the six years of development prior to opening and also now as we continue to grow.
Last but by no means least, I would like to highlight the staff, parents and children of the School and of our predecessor school, Central School Algiers, who have placed their faith in this endeavour.
I am delighted to welcome you and your children as members of the British School Algiers community.