The British School Algiers is planning to open its doors in November 2020.
In March, 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.
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 to be a British international school in Algiers.
The British School Algiers will deliver an excellent curriculum together with stimulating, quality teaching in order to establish a learning culture that embraces best international practice. Our students will develop a global perspective which is one of empathy, tolerance and inclusion. Acting with integrity, and, treating everyone with dignity, irrespective of position, will be fundamental principles on which the school is based.
During the past academic year, we have been operating the Central School Algiers, a private CEM (middle) school, to the same key principles that will guide the British School Algiers. Throughout this website you will see photos of the activities that the students have been undertaking. On the "Feedback from Parents" page of this website, you will see the reaction from parents on our approach to teaching their children.
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 and, for the final push, Barry Lowen and their respective teams. From the Algerian government, I would like to acknowledge the encouragement over the past six 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.
Last but by no means least, I would like to highlight the staff, parents and children of the Central School Algiers who placed their faith in this endeavour.
I look forward to welcoming you and your children as founding members of the British School Algiers community.