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

Deputy Headteacher, 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: wrandall@britishschoolalgiers.com

Head of Infants, Mrs Emily Olot

I have been teaching for the past 16 years within the UK and internationally. My experience has included delivering the British Curriculum in schools in the UK where I served as an Early Years Coordinator, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher.

I have a BA (Hons) in Education with Qualified Teacher’s Status and specialised in Early Childhood Education.

Prior to starting at the British School Algiers, I was a Consultant Advisory at an international school in Uganda where I was subsequently asked to take over as Head of Early Years.

I am married with two children and enjoy cooking, travelling and listening to music during my free time.

E-mail: eolot@britishschoolalgiers.com

Head of Juniors, Mrs Andrea Gehrke

After graduating 23 years ago from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BA in Education and Physical Education specialising in Junior Level, I have worked in six different international schools, spanning four continents. I then returned to the UK to teach in a high achieving independent school near London, where I successfully introduced yearly residential trips and encouraged the idea of letting nature be your classroom – reinventing the geography curriculum from text book based to learning through going outdoors. After eight rewarding years at Chigwell School, I moved to Thailand with my family, to become Year 3 Class Teacher and become the Primary Coordinator tasked with updating the school’s curriculum and assessment methods. I then moved to Wellington College International Bangkok where I was a founding member of the teaching team – working collaboratively with other teachers in setting up the school from scratch. I played an instrumental part in developing the outdoor learning programme with other enthusiastic teachers.

I believe that all children should be allowed to be themselves. It is our jobs as teachers to get to know their passions and find their niche and then to guide and nourish each child, as individuals, which ultimately allows them to reach their potential academically.

E-mail: agehrke@britishschoolalgiers.com