Leadership

Mr. Graham GAMBLE

Mr. Graham GAMBLE

Headmaster

Mrs. Touriya EL OTMANI

Mrs. Touriya EL OTMANI

Deputy Head of the School

Mrs. Clare SARSON

Mrs. Clare SARSON

Head of Secondary School

Ms. Julia VALLEJO CERON

Ms. Julia VALLEJO CERON

Deputy Head of the Primary School

Mr. Matthew RAWCLIFFE

Mr. Matthew RAWCLIFFE

Deputy Head of the Secondary School

Until recently, Mr. Gamble was Head of Shattuck-St.Mary’s Forest City International School in Malaysia. He has been head of British international schools in the USA, Brazil, Cyprus and the UK itself and led an American international schools in the Netherlands, several years before heading the other United States curriculum school in South-East Asia mentioned above.
Proud of the fact that he has now worked on every continent, apart from Antarctica (!), Mr. Gamble has also taught in Greece, Australia and Spain. He grew up in North London and attended The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree. He then took a degree in Italian and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and trained to teach at the University of Cambridge before starting his career in government-funded and independent schools.
Mr. Gamble also has a Masters in Education Management from the University of Bath. He is married to Sue, a choreographer and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. They have two sons, one a software engineer in London, the other in higher education in Manchester. Delighted to take up this appointment, Mr. Gamble looks forward to many opportunities to get to know BISC parents better and to support their children’s education. He is excited to work with BISC teachers, its Board and pupils to build an even stronger school community for 2019 and beyond.
Mrs. El Otmani has a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature, with a Major in English Literature from Kadi Ayyad University, Marrakech. In her 23 years of experience in education, she has undertaken numerous project supervision, school inspection, staff evaluation and other administrative roles. This work has allowed her to develop substantial expertise in the field of school strategic planning.
Mrs. El Otmani has also been trained and served as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator, a role which has involved her in the professional development of teachers with regard to this curriculum.

Clare SARSON

Mrs. SARSON has a BA in American Studies from the University of Manchester, where she won the Kaiser Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. She obtained her Qualified Teacher Status with the Merseyside and Cheshire Graduate Teacher Programme.
Ms. Sarson has been teaching her subject and leading teams of teachers for ten years. She is also an examiner in A Level English Literature and GCSE English Language and is a member of both the Chartered College of Teaching and the National Association for the Teaching of English.

Julia Vallejo Ceron

Ms. Ceron obtained a degree in Translation at the University of Granada, after which some educational work in North and South America led her to take a teaching qualification and Masters degree at the University of Glasgow, UK. She was working in a Primary School in Glasgow before joining us in Morocco.

Matthew RAWCLIFFE

Working as an actor from a very young age and featuring in film, television and theatre work, Matthew attended a full time drama school for his secondary education, has directed and produced both theatre and television, had one of his plays university published and still will work as an actor, mostly in theatre from time to time. Matthew Rawcliffe began his teaching career in a British comprehensive school and quickly realised that behavioural and pastoral elements of learning were something he felt he could make an impact upon. Moving to a post pupil referral unit (PRU) behavioural unit, Matthew soon became department leader and continued work here, until a government change, meant a cut in funding. Here he became a qualified cognitive behavioural coach and gained lots of experience with disadvantaged young people. It was then that Matthew returned to another of his passions, travel, taking a role in rural Malaysia, teaching primary school teachers how to teach. This lead to him being in charge of fifteen schools, seventy five teachers and three other learner mentors. At the end of this contract he found himself in the position of deputy head and decided that he wanted more contact time with learners and so stepped down. Moving to The International school of The Hague, in the Netherlands, Matthew took on the role of a drama teacher but also ran the international award for young people, delivered on theory of knowledge courses and organised sporting events. From here, his journey took him to Hong Kong and eventually Dubai. Here he worked at Jumierah College as head of drama, whilst the school was voted number one in the world by TES and BIS. Unfortunately it was then that Matthew had to get two very serious spine surgeries and spent fourteen months having to learn how to walk again. He now joins us here at BISC with a new enthusiasm, energy and outlook after the challenging year he faced before joining our school.