Senior Staff

  • Paul ANDREWS - Headmaster

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    Paul brings to the British International School of Casablanca a vast range of leadership experience in schools and school systems internationally.

    Having been appointed Principal of a large UK secondary school at a young age, Paul trained as an Ofsted inspector in 1992 and carried out many school evaluations whilst leading the transformation of his UK school into one of the highest performing British international schools in the world. Between 2000 and 2005, as a Regional and National Co-ordinator working on behalf of the Ministry of Education in England and Wales, Paul led the roll-out of the UK government’s National Standards and Performance Management Framework for teachers and headteachers and extended the process to international schools. During this time Paul train school leaders, in UK and internationally, in school evaluation, leadership and governance.

    As Private Schools Manager at Abu Dhabi Education Council, working with the Director-General HE Dr Mugheer Al-Khaili and the distinguished Emirati educationalist Maryam Al Saqer, Paul put in place licensing standards and by-laws for all schools in the Emirate and he led and managed the development of the highly regarded Irtiqa’a Framework. Schools have responded warmly to the clarity, high aspirations, intellectual rigour and the ethical dimension of Irtiqa’a; educational standards have risen strongly and consistently across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a direct result.

    In 2013-14 Paul led the evaluation of private schools in Kuwait on behalf of HE The Minister of Education. Using a rigorous evaluation framework, teams of inspectors produced evaluative reports and “scorecards” summarising the extent to which individual schools were delivering on their stated objectives and commitments and giving recommendations for improvement.

    In his previous role as Head of Education for Qatar Petroleum Paul introduced a Quality Framework for QP schools with 21st Century Competences and STEM learning at the core. Schools self-assess their progress towards ten fundamental “tenets” of provision using a series of graded descriptors. Their self-assessments are externally validated by a team of international experts in school evaluation. Qatar Petroleum’s schools improved strongly under Paul’s leadership.

  • Touriya EL OTMANI - Pedagogical Director

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  • Duncan GOWEN- Head of Secondary School

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    Duncan studied History and Politics at Manchester University before completing his PGCE at Liverpool University. In the UK Duncan taught in independent schools for twenty-nine years the last of which was Wells Cathedral School where at various times he held the positions of Head of History and Senior Housemaster. After teaching in the UK for a good length of time Duncan decided to begin a new chapter in his career by teaching overseas. Since then he has held senior leadership positions at Hillcrest International School in Nairobi, Kenya where he was Academic Deputy Head and the British International School of Bucharest in Romania where he was Head of the Secondary School. He has found teaching and learning overseas to be both challenging and enjoyable and wonderfully rewarding.

    Duncan has inspected schools for the Independent Schools Inspectorate in the UK and is now an inspector for the Council of British International Schools. As an educationalist Duncan believes very much in promoting partnership and collaboration between teachers, students and parents. Experience tells him that it is vital to look after the whole child and that learning takes place both in and outside of the classroom. He believes very much in creating active learning environments which inspire, support and celebrate student learning and through this develop the life-long learning skills and attributes that are vital for success and happiness in the modern 21st Century world.

    Duncan is tremendously excited to be part of the foundation team of the British International School of Casablanca. He is looking forward to shaping both the pastoral and the academic programmes that will operate in the Secondary School at BISC and that will help to inspire success for the students attending the school.


  • Rachael OULMAIN - Head of Primary

    rachealFollowing her Bachelor's degree from Liverpool Hope University, Rachael then went on to pursue further education at Manchester Metropolitan University, which ranks in the top 3% in the world and has famous alumni such as Julie Walters CBE (actress) and Andrew Michael Hurley (author). An education specialist, Rachael has worked in a variety of schools in the UK and Spain as a classroom teacher and in various management roles. She specialises in the teaching of Drama and English and is passionate about integrating these subjects into the wider curriculum, building students’ voice and confidence and allowing them to reach their potential. Rachael has worked in Morocco for the last five years, and is recognised as a teacher of excellence, highly regarded by parents and schools for her passion, standards and results.

    Rachael is working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Bath, which has helped her to develop professional development programs in her schools, fostering a spirit of self-improvement in teachers, students and colleagues.

    As a founding member of BISC, Rachael acts as Head of the Primary school. In designing the curriculum and developing the ethos of the school she intends to build a school and community which reflects the best of both the UK and Morocco, providing opportunities for this generation of young Moroccans and the next.

  • Gareth JONES - Deputy Head

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    Gareth studied Education for 4 years at university in Bristol and completed his Bachelor of Education degree with Honours specialising in Primary Mathematics. After this he taught in a Primary school in UK introducing the National Curriculum in its initial stages of development.

    However, Gareth had a dream to work in Africa with less privileged children. So, he volunteered as a Secondary Maths teacher in a small village in rural Tanzania. It was an amazing experience that opened his mind and taught him a great many life skills. It also gave him a love for Africa and travelling, so a few years later he returned to Tanzania to embark on his career as an international teacher working in a developing International British School.

    He then moved on from there to an established British School in Togo, West Africa, where he worked as a Year 5 teacher and developed many important parts of the school including a Primary boarding house and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for Secondary students. Gareth returned to Togo some years later to re-establish The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and lead the Primary school through what was a very challenging time.

    In-between his two periods in Togo Gareth taught in Colombia, Egypt, UK and Spain. In the UK he was Deputy Head in a state primary school and spent some time as acting Head. Gareth went on to take up leadership roles in Lagos, Nigeria, Bucharest, Romania and most recently in North Italy where he was Principal of a IB PYP bilingual school.

    Before coming to Casablanca Gareth set up a bilingual English curriculum school in Italy, designing the blended curriculum and leading the school through its first very important and most challenging year.

    Gareth brings to Casablanca a wealth of leadership, teaching and learning experience over more than 25 years in various countries and with a range of curricula. He hopes to help the school develop into a leading establishment in Morocco and beyond.

  • Nicolas Cherkas

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    Nick, born in the UK, has been in Morocco since 2011, working for the British Council as English Projects Manager, as a representative of British universities in Morocco and as an educational consultant for individuals and organisations. His background is in English language teaching and university entry in the UK. 

    Nick is Educational Project Manager at British International School, Casablanca, overseeing admissions, community engagement, communications and operations. He sees British international schools as an exciting step in the development of Morocco, offering more choice for parents keen to provide the best possible education for their children.