Governance

The Board of Directors determines the aims and overall conduct of The British International School, Cairo. In conjunction with the Principal, it sets and reviews the policies, plans and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils.

The British International School Cairo is a not-for-profit school with charitable status. It is owned by a perpetual trust of current parents who are members of The British International School Society (BISS). Board members are elected by and responsible to the BISS, in accordance with its constitution. Officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs oversee the BISS AGM and independent auditors regulate the Society’s financial affairs. Communication with parents occurs via the AGM, direct bulletins, and through a dedicated email address.

The constitution lays down the number of elected directors (nine) and defines their powers. BISS parents choose directors for their range of skills and experience that will help support the School. Board members bring helpful and wide-ranging knowledge as a consequence of their particular background. For example, the Chairman of the Board, Yasser Hashem, is also legal counsel to the British Ambassador to Egypt. All directors are deeply committed to the continued success of the school. Board members have had governance training (by the Chairman of COBIS) and receive mandatory safeguarding training (from Kidscape UK) in accordance with regulatory requirements.

In order to fulfil their responsibilities the Board relies on a secretary to administer meetings, to prepare minutes etc. for its full board and its sub-committees. There are a number of Committees each with their own Chairman. The Finance Sub-Committee (FSC) looks at the School’s financial performance and how funds can be made available for fulfilling the School's development aspirations. The FSC meets termly. The Education Sub-Committee (ESC) receives reports about the School’s academic performance and extra-curricular activities and spends time considering the quality of teaching and learning. The ESC meets monthly.

The full board also meets termly though there may be additional, special meetings during the year. Their key function, collectively, is to set and monitor the aims of the School and to receive reports from the committees for additional discussion. Please view our current Board members under: Our Community/Our Directors.