Headteacher, Mr Justin Blakebrough

Previous to starting at the British School Algiers, I have been the Principal of The British School Alexandria in Egypt since August 2015. I have 39 years of teaching experience in British education, in both the independent and state sectors in the UK, as well as three years’ teaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was Headteacher of a successful 11-18 comprehensive school in Chester in the North West of England for eight years, prior to my time in Egypt.

I studied Electronic Physics and Philosophy at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Bristol University.  I later gained a Master of Arts in Educational Management at York University and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). I am also an accredited British Schools Overseas inspector.

I am married with two daughters and have a range of interests including music, independent travel and skiing.

E-mail: head@britishschoolalgiers.com

Head of Senior School, Mr Will Randall

I have come to BSA directly from the British School of Paris, where I celebrated 30 years in teaching.  I have held a variety of positions in the UK and elsewhere including India, Botswana, Solomon Islands and France. Previous to my role in Paris, I was a Housemaster at a highly-successful British Grammar School.

As well as deputising for the Headteacher, I will also be the Head of the Senior School. My subjects are French, German, English, Drama and Global Perspectives which I will be teaching at BSA.

I studied Modern Languages in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex and was awarded my Post Graduate Certificate of Education by the University of Brighton. I am an experienced rugby, football and cricket coach and have produced numerous plays and musicals.  I hope to be able to continue my connection with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme whilst at BSA. I have a wide range of interests including music, food, independent travel and literature.

E-mail: admin@britishschoolalgiers.com

Jonathan Gill, Head of Upper Primary

Born and raised in North West England, I have nearly 20 years’ experience of teaching in UK schools and British International Schools in the United Arab Emirates.

I am very happy to have joined the British School Algiers and cannot wait to discover Algeria's rich and vibrant culture. In addition to teaching Year Four, I will also be Head of Upper Primary.

My degree is in Archaeology from Liverpool University and I gained my Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Liverpool Hope University. I am currently studying for the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

As a teacher, I like to use humour, care, compassion and enthusiasm to motivate each and every student. Relationships are crucial, therefore; working in a school with such a wonderful community is something I am extremely excited about.

I am married with two boys and enjoy spending my time with family and friends, and dare I say it, my Playstation.

“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world!” – Malala Yousafzai

E-mail: jgill@britishschoolalgiers.com

Alexandra Yarwood

I have worked in primary schools for the past 12 years in Dorset in the UK teaching across a range of classes from Year 1 – 5.  Reading is my passion so I have been Literacy Lead and SENCo in my previous schools and I really look forward to promoting a love of reading at BSA. From 1992 – 2008 I taught at international schools in Russia, Turkey, Kenya and Jordan and I am really looking forward to exploring Algeria especially the archaeological sights, as my degree from St Andrews University was in Ancient History and Art History.


I enjoy gardening and a variety of sports including horse racing and riding and I am lucky enough to have been able to indulge my love of independent travel with teaching over the years too. I am married and have four children and always seem to collect a menagerie of animals wherever I end up living!

E-mail: ayarwood@britishschoolalgiers.com