We focus on educating the whole person, and this remains central to the mission and ethos of our school. We are passionate about providing every learner at BSB with the stimulus, encouragement and support to develop their academic abilities.our vision
Cambridge graduate Philip Walters is Headmaster of the British School of Bucharest after joining the school in 2012 as Head of Secondary School. While at Christ's College, Cambridge, he read Geography. Philip taught the British Curriculum for many years in a highly selective UK grammar school as Head of Department before moving into the international sphere with a position at Harrow International School, in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked for seven years as part of the Senior Leadership Team in the roles of Head of House and Head of Sixth Form.
Victoria Smith joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015 as Head of Primary School. Originally from the USA, Victoria has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and an AA in Political Science from Indiana University. She acquired her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and an MA in International Education from the University of Sunderland in England and has over 20 years' experience of working with children in schools. Victoria has additionally worked with Social Services and children with special educational needs (SEN).
Jason Porter joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 as Deputy Head of Secondary and is now our Head of Secondary. He is a graduate of Exeter University, where he read Russian and German, and later qualified as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Nottingham. Jason joined the school following nine years as Housemaster at Chigwell School, a prestigious HMC Boarding School in the UK. Jason has obtained an MA course in Applied Educational Leadership and Management at University College London (Institute of Education).
Dan Batson is Deputy Head of Primary School at the British School of Bucharest, having joined in 2014. He oversees all curriculum and assessment matters within Primary and has led many whole-school projects, seeking out opportunities to incorporate technology effectively within the classroom. Dan graduated from Wolverhampton University and started his teaching career in the Birmingham area in 1998, working mainly in Key Stage 2 within the British Curriculum. In 2005, he joined a highly respected international British school in Abu Dhabi where he worked as Assistant Headteacher. He is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead .
Paul Gildea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015, taking on the role of Key Stage 2 Coordinator and, more recently, Deputy Head of Primary School. He studied at the University of Durham and graduated with a degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies before undertaking a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) with a focus on Modern Foreign Languages. Paul gained experience in the British school system for eight years, rising to the position of Assistant Headteacher while working in two London primary schools. He has also worked as an English Subject Leader and Year 6 teacher at the British School of Beijing.
Mark Hooper is the Director of Enrichment, Examination Officer and International Award Coordinator, having joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014. Mark completed a BA in Sport Studies and his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of Ulster, in Belfast. His experience in the UK was gained over 14 years at a highly selective grammar school, during which time he spent many years leading the Physical Education Department. After moving to New Zealand, he taught Physical Education and Science, and was then Head of Year in a rural school in the South Island before becoming Director of the largest adult education provider in New Zealand, which also included a position on the Board of Governors at a large secondary school. Further international experience followed at the prestigious Garden International School, in Malaysia, where Mark worked for five years as Teacher of Physical Education and Examinations Officer.
Clare Hooper joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as Assistant Head of School with responsibility for staff professional development. She became Deputy Head of Secondary School in 2016. Clare read Economics at the University of Northumbria and became a teacher of Economics, Business and Accounting. She taught the British Curriculum for many years in two different UK schools before moving to New Zealand with her family. Following five years in New Zealand, Clare moved to the prestigious Garden International School, in Malaysia, where she led a large Business Education Faculty.
Natasha Skinner joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015 as a teacher of Humanities with a focus on Sociology. She is Head of Key Stage 3 at the school. Before moving to Romania, Natasha studied Sociology in London and taught in the UK for several years, where she also completed an MA in Education. She is also the PSHCE coordinator.
Rebecca Edwards studied Physical Education with a Qualified Teacher Status for four years at the University of Brighton. She taught PE as part of the British Curriculum in various UK schools before moving to Bangkok where, at Regent's International School, she taught PE for four years, becoming Key Stage 4 Coordinator. This role enabled her to support students through their IGCSE exams and prepare them for the next stage of their education. Pastoral support is a passion of hers and an area in which she is keen to develop. Rebecca, who joined BSB in 2018, loves teaching PE as a basis to develop young people's understanding of being physically active and having fun in the process.
Joshua Garner is a Chemistry graduate from the University of Bristol. He joined the British School of Bucharest in 2016 as a Chemistry teacher and is now also Head of Key Stage 5. Following his graduation from university and a year travelling, Joshua completed his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at Plymouth University before starting his teaching career in the British school system, working in a Plymouth state secondary school/Comprehensive School. After a few years, he took up the position of Head of Science at an international school in Warsaw.
Kathryn Rand took up the role of Early Years Coordinator at the British School of Bucharest in 2018, moving from a highly respected international school in Thailand, where she taught for 14 years. Prior to teaching internationally, Kathryn worked in a variety of teaching roles in Scotland. A well-qualified teacher who comes from Scotland, Kathryn has a wealth of experience within Early Years, Learning Support and Key Stage 1. She qualified with a Master of Arts Degree from Dundee University and has teaching certificates for children aged 0-18, with additional qualifications for Learning Support.
Ann-Marie Isaac joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015. She combines her role as Class Teacher with being the Key Stage 1 Coordinator for Primary. She studied teaching at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, where she specialised in Music and Key Stage 1. Ann-Marie's international school experience includes teaching children from Reception to Year 2 in Kuwait, where she taught for many years in different schools.
Natalie Pitchley joined the British School of Bucharest in 2016 as a Class Teacher and Primary Science Coordinator. Natalie's degree in Drama and English Literature is from the University of Winchester and, upon graduation, she tutored children with autism for three years before undertaking her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of Nottingham. After teaching within the British school system for two years in England, she then journeyed to Shanghai, China, where she taught Year 2 at the British School of Shanghai. She is also the Coordinator for Year 3 and Year 4.
Rebecca Doganay joined the British School of Bucharest in 2017 as a Year 5 teacher and PHSCE Coordinator. Rebecca graduated with a degree in Primary Education from the University of Worcester in 2006 before spending two years working within the British school system in the UK, in both middle school and primary school settings. She then moved to an international school in Istanbul, where she was subject leader for PHSCE and English, as well as a Year 5 teacher for five years. Prior to joining our school, Rebecca was Head of Year and Humanities, Arts and PHSCE subject leader at another international school in Bucharest. She is also the Coordinator for Year 5 and Year 6.
Jo Mattingley-Nunn is University Guidance Counsellor at the British School of Bucharest and also teaches Geography across Secondary. She joined the school's Humanities Department in 2015 and took on the newly created role of University Guidance Counsellor in 2018. A Geography graduate from the University of Leicester, Jo went on to teach Geography, Geology and History within the British school system before moving overseas, teaching in international schools in southeast Asia and western Europe.